If you love an album with bundles of experimentation and silky-soft vocals then Sharon Van Etten is the artist you need to watch out for. Releasing her fifth studio album Remind Me Tomorrow, she tests the boundaries with what she can do, and has gone further than she ever imagined.
Pressing play, we’re presented with mellow, curling vocals and the romantic essence of a melodic piano which places you straight into the first chapter of the record. ‘I Told You Everything’, which is an emotional and silky track, sets that tone from the get go. As the album bounces onto the next song, you can instantly tell that Van Etten loves to experiment with her sound. Tapping and small slaps of bass take us into a different world, it’s like she’s a new person but with the same stunning, creamy voice. ‘No One’s Easy To Love’ is a spectacular tune that is easy to imagine myself walking alone in a trance too.
Testing the waters with ‘Memorial Day’ and ‘Comeback Kid’, with two very different sounds, the intimacy is intimidating but admirable, so much so I am starting to envy Van Etten for sharing so much with the world that no one else would want to do.
The longest track on the album and by far a highlight, ‘Jupiter 4’ has a remarkable 80s influence laced with exquisite robotic-like sounds which overlap her voice as she sings. It’s full of grace. ‘Seventeen’ is an exploration of when she was a teenager, a nostalgic journey of love and having fun - it’s fresh, pure with a lick of tenderness. ‘Malibu’ and ‘You Shadow’ both have a similar approach, it’s reminiscent and rather fascinating.
The one thing I wasn’t expecting from this album was noise. I underestimated Van Etten completely. ‘Hands’ is a noisy, mind-blowing and euphoric number and it builds up and explodes like a sonic slap in the face. The last chapter of the album is a floral number. ‘Stay’ is a song that represents how much Van Etten has blossomed throughout the record, and it’s a work of art. She explores love, life and everything nice.