Snap Scene: Sharon Van Etten, Hamer Hall – 11th June 2019 by Mary Boukouvalas
Touring with her five-piece band, she returns to Australia for the first time since 2015 after recently guest starring in the Netflix series The OA and David Lynch’s revival of Twin Peaks. Taking inspiration from the likes of Portishead and Nick Cave, Van Etten’s new album veers towards the darker moods that glimmer at the edges of her music. Written while pregnant, studying psychology and pursuing acting; this album was created in stolen time; the scraps of hours between her many passions.
Remind Me Tomorrow sees Van Etten put down the guitar, edging towards piano, deep drones and distinctive sharp drums. The first song released, ‘Comeback Kid’, “leaps from the speakers in rainy streaks of synth and thunderous snares” (Pitchfork). With curling low vocals and brave intimacy, this is an ambitious album that provokes our most sensitive impulses; both a milestone and turning point for Van Etten.