It’s only January, but 2019 has already proven itself a generous year for good music: As of last Friday, Sharon Van Etten’s fourth studio album, Remind Me Tomorrow, is out in the world.
Fans of the New Jersey singer-songwriter’s previous album, Are We There, will immediately note the different sound of this new record, which incorporates more synths and distortion (the single “Jupiter 4” was named after the synth which she used heavily on the album). That came from Van Etten’s desire to experiment, as well as the role of acclaimed indie producer John Congleton, who helped her craft the darker, more challenging sonic world she wanted.
“I wanted to give it to somebody else that understood my influences and heard where I was coming from, but also trusting another artist to take it to a different place,” she told the Los Angeles Times; those influences included the music of Suicide, Nick Cave and Portishead. “I wanted to expose the darkness of the songs, and I didn’t really know how to do that on my own.”
Stream Remind Me Tomorrow, including anthemic standouts “Comeback Kid” and “Seventeen,” below: