Sharon Van Etten Revisits Long-Gone Lower East Side [VIDEO]
Acclaimed artist Sharon Van Etten is set to release her next long-player, Remind Me Tomorrow, at the end of next week via Jagjaguar. The latest single, “Seventeen,” was released yesterday.
The music video for “Seventeen” is a walk down memory lane for Van Etten, and her youth on the Lower East Side. According to director Maureen Towey, the goal was to “create a love letter to New York, her home for the last fifteen years.” But most of the old haunts featured are no longer in existence, like Sin-e and Cake Shop; Pianos, too, because it’s so far removed from its days as legit music venue.
“She showed us around all her old haunts – the places that made her the musician that she is today,” Towey continues in the press release. “Some of these spots are still around, some are just empty lots now.”
Meanwhile, Van Etten talked about the video shoot with the New York Times last week. Notably:
A few days after our first meeting, Van Etten was facing that nostalgia head-on as she scouted locations from her past for the track’s upcoming music video shoot. There were long-closed clubs on the Lower East Side, where she played some of her first shows, along with her early New York apartments sourced on Craigslist and too close to the rattling subway.
Van Etten laughed about seeing her “hazy past in daylight,” but the stroll through memories was also something of a goodbye, as she and Hutchins had agreed that a move to Los Angeles in the new year was probably best for raising a child. “I’ve worked so hard to live here and now I can’t afford it,” she said. “The New York story.”