hmv's Albums Of The Year - Sharon Van Etten
We've reached the final throes of 2019, an appropriate time to look back at the many excellent LPs that have been released this year.
To celebrate the year and the albums it has produced, hmv have rounded up 50 of the best of them for our guide to the best albums of 2019. It's available to pick-up in store now and, to coincide, we're going to be running interviews with some of the artists who've made the cut.
We continue today with Sharon Van Etten, she opens up about the complicated road to her LP Remind Me Tomorrow...
Congratulations, you’re in hmv’s albums of the year, how does it feel?
"Thank you so much. I am super proud of this record and it means the world you connected with it."
How do you look back on the making of Remind Me Tomorrow?
"It represents such an important chapter of my life. Putting my music career on hold to focus on my relationship and education, to accept life's whirlwinds and embrace the chaos, and still find the creative time, space, and drive to write music in between all the change. I feel a renewed sense of inspired."
Was it a difficult record to make?
"Finding the right sonic palate and having conviction in the sound I wanted to dive into wasn't easy, but as soon as I connected with John Congleton, I felt a different kind of freedom in making a record. I could let go of the songs and let the producer be the artist and I could show up as a singer."
"The hardest part was writing the songs and finding the courage to let someone else take the wheel. I knew I wanted to make a different record. I knew I didn't want to make the same record twice. And we didn't."
It was your new album in five years, were you working on it for all that time? Or did other projects just slow you down?
"Going back to school and acting in the Netflix series, The OA, and having a child were all hurdles... but I jumped over them and still remained on my path."
What are your plans for 2020?
"A little bit of everything. Shows, writing, and getting ready to go back to school. In the meantime, I am settling into my new home in LA and getting a studio together so I can focus on establishing a career as a writer and composer and collaborate with more artists. I really want to nurture my home/work life and leave touring to a minimum so I can be more present for my family."
How has 2019 been for you? Has it been a good year?
"Yes. It's been very busy. We toured most of the year and fans have been super responsive to the sonic shift of my album and live show. I have felt challenged in stepping up the experience, but I learned a lot and now I am ready to rest and nest."
Aside from your own LP, what has been your favourite album of 2019?
"Angel Olsen's album All Mirrors is massive and elegant, and Nick Cave's Ghosteen is moving and meditative. Both give me life in different ways."
What about your favourite song?
"Aldous Harding's 'Fixture Picture' has been on constant rotation. I played it so much it's the first song my two-year-old son ever sang along to and played air drums in time."
"Well, I was away on tour most of the year, but I got to see Gloria Bell on the plane and it was such a beautiful portrait of an independent woman who is living her life and being as present and as transparent as she can be."
Favourite TV series?
"I'm Sorry starring Andrea Savage is my favourite show right now. I want to be her. A mother in a healthy relationship who has a daughter and she is a comedian as her profession. She is unapologetic for being herself and gets into situations with hilarious altercations and I relate so much to the being yourself in a "normal" setting..."
Finally, what’s been your moment of 2019?
"Being proposed to in front of my old apartment in the village, where I began my relationship and a new chapter of my life. Love all the way."