Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Powerful New Track: Sharon Van Etten's "Your Love is Killing Me"

The new Sharon Van Etten track isn't necessarily for the faint of heart - but then again, it somehow is for anyone who's ever been in, or newly out of, a poisonous relationship. Van Etten's slow-burning single is called "Your Love is Killing Me" - and despite that already strong statement, it's what Van Etten is practically asking of her lover in order to be put out of her longing misery. Her voice is hauntingly pure and assured as she chants over the marching drum beat, boldly exclaiming: "Break my leg so I can't walk to you/ Cut my tongue so I can't talk to you/ Burn my skin so I can't feel you/ Stab my eyes so I can't see you." Like I said, not for the faint of heart - but honest and potentially relatable for most flesh-and-blood human beings who've ever experienced a toxicity like this one.

In what might be one of the most mature departures of Van Etten's already esteemed career, her powerful vulnerability is time-stopping. It's possible the heartbroken ode could ruin your walking on sunshine, but if you're anywhere on Van Etten's page - I encourage you to give this explosive ballad a listen.

Sharon Van Etten's new album Are We There is out May 27 via Jagjaguwar.

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