epic Ten

 
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Sharon Van Etten
epic Ten

[ Ba Da Bing / 2 CD ]

Release Date: Friday 11 June 2021

"epic represents a crossroads for me as an artist. Going from intern to artist at Ba Da Bing, from solo folk singer to playing with a band for the first time and beginning to play shows on tour where people showed up. I am in awe of the artists who wanted to participate in celebrating my anniversary and reissue, from young inspiring musicians, to artists who took me under their wing, who I met on tour, and to artists I've looked up to since I was a teenager. Each one of these artists continue to influence my writing and provide a sense of camaraderie during this new era of sharing music." - Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten's career since the release of her second album is well-known; critically lauded albums, films, and television shows have continually displayed her expanding artistry. Upon its release, epic laid a romantic melancholy over the gravel and dirt of heartbreak without one honest thought or feeling spared. Her songs covered betrayal, obsession, egotism, and all the other emotions we dislike in others and recognize in ourselves. Van Etten's grounded and clenched vocals conveyed a sense of hope--the notion that beauty can arise from the worst of circumstances.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of this special album's release, and to acknowledge the convergence of Van Etten's present and past work, she asked fellow artists she admired to participate in an expanded reissue, where each artist would cover one different song from epic in their own style. Some are musicians Van Etten herself admired in her early days (Fiona Apple, Lucinda Williams, and Aaron Dessner and Justin Vernon of Big Red Machine), some are peers (Courtney Barnett, IDLES), and others are part of a younger generation of innovators (Shamir, St. Panther). What they all share is embodied by epic--a musician frankly communicating themself through the power of music.

Tracks:

01. A Crime
02. Peace Signs
03. Save Yourself
04. Dsharpg
05. Don't Do It
06. One Day
07. Love More

08. Big Red Machine - A Crime
09. IDLES - Peace Signs
10. Lucinda Williams - Save Yourself
11. Shamir - Dsharpg
12. Courtney Barnett feat. Vagabon - Don't Do It
13. St. Panther - One Day
14. Fiona Apple - Love More

A Crime (by Big Red Machine)