You don’t have to read between the lines of “Tramp,” the new album by indie-folk singer/songwriter Sharon Van Etten, to hear the dislocation she felt when recording it. “You’re the reason why I’ll move to the city,” she sings in “Give Out,” “Or why I’ll need to leave.”
Moving is practically all Van Etten (who plays the Black Cat on Saturday) did during the two years it took to create “Tramp.” She toured so much that she didn’t even have a permanent address. Whenever she returned to New York City to continue studio sessions with Aaron Dessner, co-founder of the band the National, she slept on friends’ couches and floors.
“It was an intense time,” she recalls, talking on the phone from her home in Brooklyn. “I lost my voice and I was exhausted. [Aaron and I] were both running around like chickens with our heads cut off, and I was nervous that the album would come across as spazzy.”
Read the full article by Marc Masters, which appears in this Sunday’s Style section.