Performing tracks like ‘I Try’ from this year’s ‘Invitation’. There’s also the beautiful sultry Americana of ‘Wyoming’ from 2015’s ‘Glider’. Broderick is a softly spoken but gifted vocalist and unassuming artist, much in the same vein of her regular employer, who deserves her moment in the spotlight and takes it with aplomb.
Opening with the brooding ‘Jupiter 4,’ Sharon van Etten takes her place at a keyboard, having relinquished her hold on the guitar for the first time on this year’s ‘Remind Me Tomorrow’, a more experimental and upbeat record.
She then brings the guitar back out and stands front stage centre. The in-your-face ‘Comeback Kid’ is an apt title for an artist that has just put out her first album in five years and the strobe lights threaten to blind those audience members unfortunate enough to be in their path.
‘No One’s Easy To Love’ recalls Radiohead’s OK Computer era before van Etten visits her past for the first time with the folksy ‘One Day’ from 2010’s ‘Epic’ album. The appropriately otherworldly ‘Tarifa’ transports us to The Bang Bang Bar, the fictional venue in Twin Peaks. Van Etten so gracefully played it in a cameo on the last series of the cult television show. Meanwhile the ambient jazz vibes of ‘Memorial Day’ take on a whole other dimension in the live setting.