The siren-like power of Sharon Van Etten’s music is due, in part, to its unabashed simplicity, making her the ideal live performer: All she needs is a guitar and a willing audience. Both are present at this installment of the NPR series Tiny Desk Concert, recorded this summer at the cozy (read: small) NPR Music offices and just recently posted at npr.org. Van Etten is accompanied by singer-songwriter Cat Martino, who provides virtuosic backing vocals. Following a slew of stateside shows, Van Etten will spend the first half December touring Japan (Dec. 3-12).
Sharon Van Etten’s Epic is out now on Ba Da Bing Records.