New music can sometimes seem like a vast ocean: we know there are lots of great artists out there, just waiting to be discovered, but it’s hard to just dive in anywhere. We need a guide of some sort, otherwise it’s too much choice. So, in addition to reading articles and being open to recommendations from friends, one thing I like to do is keep an eye on tours. I’ll check who is opening for some of my favourite bands, and then look them up.
That’s how I came across Sharon Van Etten. Her career thus far has intersected with several others acts I really like, including The National, The Antlers, The Walkmen, and most recently, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. Her latest album, Tramp, was released earlier this year to critical acclaim. Here is a track from it called “Magic Chords.” It’s simply a gorgeous song. I was hooked from the first listen. Enjoy.