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I first became aware of the indie singer/songwriter Sharon Van Etten on her third album, 2012’s Tramp. Produced by the National’s Aaron Dessner, on its best songs, Tramp places Van Etten’s massive voice over slightly off soundscapes, creating music that is equal parts dreamy and focused.
And the best of those songs was the first single, “Serpents”, which fades in with feedback from Bryce Dessner’s (the other Dessner in the National) guitar, Van Etten’s strummed guitar and a snare as she starts singing about getting away from an abusive relationship.