“Everyone thinks I’m a liar wading on the edge of fire with you. In the hour of questions I wonder – who, who?”
Finding power in vulnerability, Sharon Van Etten’s words are the battle cry of an inner voice reaching outwards. A recent conversation, organized by Apple Music, between Van Etten and Elton John revealed the importance of the candid nature of her work and its ability to be an emotional companion to those who listen to it. As Elton John told her, the music “touches me, it takes me somewhere else and it makes me feel warm inside… and I’m quite nervous talking to you because I’ve loved you for a long time.” Music has been an integral part of Van Etten’s being since childhood and, despite having to overcome various obstacles and dissuasions, she continued to write and perform songs – making and giving out self-released handmade CDs – until she released her debut studio-recorded album because i was in love in 2009. Van Etten has released six studio albums to date and has collaborated with other stand-out voices in music such as Joshua Homme, Angel Olsen, Bon Iver, Nick Cave and The National.
In her latest collaboration, Van Etten has worked with artist, and fellow musician, Gina Birch to animate her lyrics in paint. The naked human forms, the tangibility of flesh, bold colour palettes and the distorted surroundings of Birch’s artworks convey the rawness, power and vulnerability of Van Etten’s lyrics, which range from abusive relationships and emotional growth to motherhood, love and nostalgia for the selves we leave behind.
Volume is proud to offer this very special collector’s edition, signed by Van Etten and Birch and limited to only 1000 copies, available only for a short period.