Sharon Van Etten - Beaten Down

Song of the Day
Hosted by Cheryl Waters
Today's Song of the Day, as chosen by Cheryl Waters, host of The Midday Show on KEXP, is "Beaten Down" by Sharon Van Etten – a 2020 single on Jagjaguwar Records.

Sharon Van Etten is on a roll. Following last year’s masterful studio album Remind Me Tomorrow, the singer-songwriter and actress returned in February with the smoldering single “Beaten Down.” The minimal song is dark and spacious, evoking the dubby trip-hop of the ‘90s. 

Produced by John Congleton, the song focuses on “love, patience, and empathy,” Van Etten said in a statement. “It’s about making life-changing choices and remaining strong enough to see them through.”

The Nicky and Juliana Giraffe-directed music video for “Beaten Down” takes place in a sparse desert and features twin dancing duo Allison and Veronica Huber. “Upon hearing the song, our minds automatically drifted into stark black and white, fever dreams, dark silhouettes contrasted against a barren desert landscape,” say the filmmakers of the video. “Our intention was to give Sharon’s song and performance space to breathe and echo.” Watch the video below.

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