Sharon Van Etten

Playlist: Fall Vol I

The colors are changing and the temps are dropping! Cozy up to some new tunes:

“Surrender”, a taste from Briana Marela’s upcoming album.

Powerful, echoing, cavernous, subtle, complex…It’s difficult to describe Briana Marela’s sound in a way that fully represents and covers her style. Briana Marela is a native of Washington state and a natural music-maker, writing melodies before she even touched an instrument.

The first single, “Surrender”, off of her sophomore album, ‘All Around Us’, was released yesterday.If it is any indication of what is to come and with a master of a team behind her, including Alex Somers who produces for Sigur Rós and the Icelandic group, Amiina on strings, it is going to be a wonder of a record:

You can pre-order “All Around Us” on iTunes now and the album will be released in its entirety August 21st on Jagjaguwar. Keep in mind, this is the same label that brought us Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten, both featured in my girl power post from a few months ago.

Featured photo credit: Lucinda Roanoke

A healthy dose of girl power.

I’m usually nauseated by the term “girl power”…but the last few days, I’ve been overwhelmed by these three women: Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten and Alynda Lee Segarra of Hurray for the Riff Raff. These are three incredibly talented and powerful women in more ways than one.

In a car ride with a friend from one Sunday afternoon activity to the next, she exposed me to this Angel Olsen song that took my breath away:

Angel Olsen’s newest full length album, ‘Burn Your Fire for No Witness’, came out in February of 2014 and was produced by the incredible John Congleton. Rightfully so, it’s received a lot of attention.

“The Body Electric” off of Hurray for the Riff Raff’s most recent album, ‘Small Town Heroes’, reflects upon and gently but violently reminds us of tragedies of the past and present:

Alynda Lee Segarra spent her childhood in the Bronx until she started hopping trains and found herself in New Orleans where she is today.

Sharon Van Etten’s newest album, ‘Are We There’, released in 2014, was produced by Ms. Sharon Van Etten herself. This allowed her complete control, creative freedom and the ability to craft what I, and others, feel is full bodied, honest, and worth a listen. Hold onto your seat for this track, “Your Love is Killing Me”:

Cheers to 2014

This week’s playlist was inspired by artists new and old that I heard about via Hype Machine, Dead Oceans record label, and Jagjaguwar record label reviews of 2014. These are some of my favorites.

I CAN HARDLY WAIT TO SEE WHAT 2015 brings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!