Sharon Van Etten

(it was) because i was in love

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“It was an innocent and beautiful record, which some of my newer fans may not even know about. This seemed like the perfect time to remix and remaster it, and give it a new life.” – Sharon Van Etten


Sharon Van Etten will release (it was) because i was in love, a deluxe reissue of her debut album, because i was in love, on November 17 as a Vinyl Me Please exclusive (pre-order available Nov. 9) and via Sharon’s online shop. It will be available digitally everywhere. Recorded by Greg Weeks who co-produced alongside Van Etten and initially released the album on his Language of Stone label, the reissue has been remixed by Craig Silvey, remastered by Joe Lambert and includes deluxe vinyl packaging with new artwork and liner notes, as well as two bonus tracks.


For nearly a decade, Van Etten has been treasured as an artist whose songs flow with a rare and honest vulnerability and courage. Three full-length albums since the release of because i was in love, Van Etten still imbues her songs with the naked emotion that other singer-songwriters might iron out of their recordings. She wants us to hear the humanity of her work, the imperfections that make it palpable, the longing and heartache we’ve all nursed at some point. because i was in love was the blueprint for what fans have grown to love about and expect from Van Etten. The lyrics are personal enough to tell her story but also universal, a blank canvas on which to sketch one’s own desires and fears. These songs are tender, softly sung in an unvarnished voice that entwines with her gossamer harmonies and performed with the urgency of a 2 am demo captured in a bedroom. But her sentiments are raw and immediate, inviting listeners to not only think about Sharon’s words, but to internalize them.


Van Etten has had a tremendous last year, venturing into film and television, and most notably, motherhood, as well as guesting on numerous recent releases, including albums and songs by Spoon, Lee Ranaldo and Michael Cera. In addition to writing and performing the original score for the feature film, Strange Weather, she performed “Tarifa” on Twin Peaks: The Return, contributed the Skeeter Davis classic, “The End of the World” to the soundtrack for Amazon’s The Man In The High Castle, and made her acting debut as the character Rachel in Netflix’s The OA. Fans of The OA will recognize (it was) because i was in love’s opener, “I Wish I Knew,” as the song Rachel sings in the pivotal episode three of the first season. Next month sees Van Etten heading back into the studio to begin work on the follow up to 2014’s Are We There.