“ Van Etten is oft-compared to PJ Harvey, Liz Phair, Cat Power, and the like … But unlike those artists, Van Etten’s artful use of space is unmatched: the LP ebbs and flows with slow crescendos of her defiant soprano, which on Tramp is more confident than ever. Van Etten’s expansive sonics are cohesive, a consistent mood she says was inspired by the production methods of John Cale, the Velvet Underground’s avant-garde energy source. In fact, the high-contrast black-and-white self-portrait cover of Tramp is a direct homage (read: almost identical) tothe cover of Cale’s 1975 LP, Fear.”’
— In this week’s Phoenix, Liz Pelly writes about Sharon Van Etten, pointing out the ways that the aesthetic of Van Etten’s new record (left) is a direct homage to John Cale’s ‘75 LP (right). Van Etten plays the Paradise on February 23. Read the rest of Pelly’s article at ThePhoenix.com.