Things We love This Week: Ex:Re, Adrianne Lenker, Sharon Van Etten

Well well well. Here we are. Tomorrow is December 1, which means it’s officially Christmas. It’s not as though it’s been shoved down our throats for over three months already. You may now put up your decorations in peace, devoid from any kind of abuse for elongating and hence diluting the Christmas spirit. Happy weekend to you.

Adrianne Lenker – Symbol

The second track to be released from the Big Thief vocalist’s solo project, Symbol, has now got its own video – and it’s a contrast to what you’d expect.

While the song is softly sung alongside delicate guitars, the last place you’d expect the video to take place is Coney Island, New York. Loud, obnoxiously lit and full of gaudy carnival rides? No thanks. As a short documentary however, directors Adam Gundersheimer and V Haddad made excellent work of making the video feel warm, intimate and personal, driven by friendly and inviting profile shots of happy families and loved-up couples. It’s lovely to watch.


Ex:Re is the new solo project to come from Daughter’s Elena Tonra. The first single dropped this week, and a fast turnaround saw the full LP out today.

While the vocals sound, naturally, distinctly like Daughter, the record features string segments, wonderfully simple guitar lines and some rumbling percussion building tension throughout.

Tonra said in a statement:

“Although the record is written for someone, a lot of the time it’s about the space without that person in it. In every scenario, there’s either the person in memory or the noticeable absence of that person in the present moment. I suppose it is a break-up record, however I do not talk about the relationship at all, and he hardly features in the scenes. He is only felt as a ghostly presence”.

Listen below.

Sharon Van Etten – Jupiter 4

If you haven’t heard Comeback Kid yet, where have you been? It’s a banger. The second track to be shared from her new album, ‘Remind Me Tomorrow’ (due on January 18 via Jagjaguwar) is a little more subdued and serene, with eerie undertones. A monochrome video (directed by Katherine Dieckmann) about the moon fits perfectly with the spooky, darker theme she’s going with.

Have a gander if you so desire.


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