Sharon Van Etten Releases New Single/Video, “Beaten Down”

Sharon Van Etten follows 2019’s Remind Me Tomorrow, “an album of hope, intimacy and perseverance” (New York Times), with a new single, “Beaten Down,” and its gorgeous accompanying video. “‘Beaten Down’ is about love, patience and empathy,” says Van Etten. “It’s about making life-changing choices and remaining strong enough to see them through.” Produced by John Congleton, the song opens with dark, minimalistic percussion and Van Etten’s smoldering voice before growing more textured, expanding with layered vocals, synths and keys.

The “Beaten Down” video was directed by Nicky and Juliana Giraffe at Giraffe Studios and features Van Etten and the dancing duo of Allison and Veronica Huber. “Our goal was to create a striking and psychedelic video set in the California desert, a welcoming of Sharon’s next chapter here,” explains Nicky and Juliana Giraffe. “Upon hearing the song, our minds automatically drifted into stark black and white, fever dreams, dark silhouettes contrasted against a barren desert landscape. Our intention was to give Sharon’s song and performance space to breathe and echo. It was important to us that the dancers were strongly connected and we’re so lucky to have worked with the talented Huber Twins on this project.”

Watch Sharon Van Etten’s Video for “Beaten Down”

As previously announced, Van Etten guest stars in Eliza Hittman’s new film, Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always, which premiered at Sundance last week to a great deal of industry praise and won the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Neorealism. The film opens in theaters in North America on March 13th, 2020. Watch the trailer here.

Van Etten will tour the southeast this April playing cities she has not yet visited in support of Remind Me Tomorrow. Additionally, she’s just announced a return to New York this summer. She’ll headline Central Park SummerStage on Wednesday, July 29th and be joined by Real Estate and Grace Ives.

Stream/Purchase Remind Me Tomorrow – Van Etten Tour Dates:

Fri. April 17 – Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live

Sat. April 18 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel

Sun. April 19 – North Charleston, SC @ High Water Festival

Mon. April 20 – Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom

Wed. April 22 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium

Fri. April 24 – New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre

Sat. April 25 – Fort Worth, TX @ Fortress Festival

Sun. April 26 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s

Tue. April 28 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse

Fri. May 22 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling

Wed. July 29 – New York, NY @ Central Park SummerStage w/ Real Estate, Grace Ives

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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