Sharon Van Etten has shared her first single of 2020, ‘Beaten Down’.
Her first studio release since 2019’s excellent album Remind Me Tomorrow, ‘Beaten Down’ expands upon the synth-driven sound of the aforementioned work.
It’s a suitably moody cut from the New Jersey songstress, focusing primarily on layered atmospherics and soaring vocals. Despite its dark initial impressions, ‘Beaten Down’ explores optimistic themes of “love, patience and empathy” and the track’s ebbing consistency evokes the minor triumphs that come with tireless persistence.
Accompanied by a charmingly stylish black and white video directed by Nicky and Juliana Giraffe, ‘Beaten Down’ continues Van Etten’s increasingly self-assured trajectory. Here’s hoping we’re going to be hearing a lot more from Van Etten in the year to come.