New Release & Video: Sharon Van Etten – Jupiter 4

Sharon Van Etten is set to release Remind Me Tomorrow, her first album in almost five years, on 18th January via Jagjaguwar

Following the release of lead single Comeback Kid, Van Etten now shares Jupiter 4, and its accompanying video. Jupiter 4 is one of the first songs recorded for the album, which helped Van Etten and producer John Congleton align ideas about a potential sonic landscape to explore. His eerie mix of drones, synths and theremin complement Van Etten’s evocative lyrics of finding love, as she sings, “Baby, baby, baby // I’ve been waiting, waiting waiting // my whole life for someone like you. // It’s true that everyone would like to have met // A love so real”

The video, directed by Katherine Dieckmann, can be viewed below…

“I had been looking forward to collaborating with Katherine again since finishing our work together on her film in 2016. Since wrapping the film, she has not only been a guiding force in my work, but a light and guiding force in my life as well, sharing with me stories of how she and her husband made it work with two kids as artists living in New York and encouraging me to return to my music after my son was born,” describes Van Etten. “I asked if she would ever want to make a music video for me. She asked what the mood would feel like and I simply said ‘apocalyptic mom.’ And with that – she said ‘Absolutely.’ That’s why I love her so much”

Dieckmann explains, “Getting to make a video for ‘Jupiter 4’ was such a gift that Sharon gave to me. The song is a fever dream, a spell cast in the name of obsession. I was hypnotized by it when I first heard it, and have never stopped being hypnotized by it – and by now I have probably heard it over a hundred times, maybe more. The trick was to figure out how to match the power of the song with visuals that could serve its ideas without spelling any of them out. I decided right away to work in an inky black-and-white palette and use raw elements (water, fire, earth, mist, dirt, summertime’s lush meadows and blooms) as a natural support for Sharon, and shoot her as a strong sculptural presence in space, to accompany the deeply immersive quality of the track. Sharon melded herself effortlessly to every natural location, and delivered a sync performance that was so passionate and vulnerable that it struck silent everyone who was lucky enough to see it happen”

“It was a magical shoot,” Dieckmann continues, “one meant to honor ‘Jupiter 4’’s combination of brooding ambience with searing declarations of passion. I still have to ask myself, is the love ‘so real,’ or is it actually unreal? The beauty of the song, and hopefully of the video too, is that it lets that mystery be.”

As Van Etten’s first release since 2014’s Are We There, Remind Me Tomorrow reckons with the life that gets lived when you put off the small and inevitable maintenance in favor of something more present. It was written while pregnant, going to school for psychology, and after taking The OA audition. Since then Van Etten guest-starred in The OA, performed in David Lynch’s revival of Twin Peaks, scored her first feature film, Dieckmann’s ‘Strange Weather’, and the closing title song for Tig Notaro’s Tig. The range of her passion (musical, emotional, otherwise), of new careers, projects and lifelong roles, has inflected this album with a wise sense of a warped-time perspective

Forthcoming live shows include…

Feb. 6 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club #
Feb. 7 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer #
Feb. 8 – Boston, MA @ Royale #
Feb. 9 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre $ #
Feb. 11 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall #
Feb. 13 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre #
Feb. 14 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall # — SOLD OUT
Feb. 15 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall #
Feb. 16 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue #
Feb. 18 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre #
Feb 19 – Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall #
Feb 21 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom #
Feb 22 – Vancouver, BC – Imperial #
Feb 23 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre #
Feb. 26 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore #
Feb 28 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park #
March 1 – Los Angeles, CA – The Theatre at Ace Hotel #
March 21 – Birmingham, UK @ The Mill
March 22 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall
March 23 – Dublin, IE @ Vicar Street
March 24 – Glasgow, UK @ St. Luke’s
March 26 – London, UK @ Roundhouse
March 27 – Bristol, UK @ SWX
March 29 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
March 30 – Brussels, BE @ Orangerie (at Botanique)
April 1 – Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie
April 2 – Koln, DE @ Luxor
April 3 – Munich, DE @ Strom
April 5 – Berlin, DE @ Lido
April 6 – Hamburg, DE @ Grünspan
April 7 – Copenhagen, DK @ Studio 2 (DR Concert House)
April 9 – Gothenburg, SE @ Pustervik
April 10 – Oslo, NO @ Parkteatret
April 11 – Stockholm, SE @ Kagelbanen

# = with Nilüfer Yanya
$ = with Fred Armisen