Sharon Van Etten Gives a Nod to Bruce Springsteen on “Seventeen”

The video was directed by Maureen Towey.

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Singer, songwriter, actress, Sharon Van Etten, releases a new song titled “Seventeen,” an ode to New York City and a nod to Bruce Springsteen. The track is a cut off her fifth studio album, Remind Me Tomorrow, which arrives via Jagjaguwar on Jan. 18. “Seventeen” was co-written by Kate Davis, and follows the forthcoming album’s first two released songs, “Comeback Kid” and “Jupiter 4.”

“It is with tears in my eyes that I share with you my love letter to NYC,” writes Van Etten on Twitter. “Places I’ve lived, lost and found myself, let go of and embraced. Thank you to everyone that held me up over the years.”

The new single is accompanied by a video directed by Maureen Towey, which tours the places Van Etten has an emotional attachment with and gentrification.

“Sharon wanted to use this video to create a love letter to New York, her home for the last 15 years,” describes Towey. “She showed us around all her old haunts — the places that made her the musician that she is today. Some of these spots are still around, some are just empty lots now. We took an eye toward the city that was both tender and tough, trying to find the ways that a beautiful city can fall apart while still nurturing the hopes of a young artist.”

Remind Me Tomorrow is Sharon Van Etten’s first album in almost five years. During that time, she has guest-starred in The OA, performed in David Lynch’s revival of Twin Peaks and scored her first feature film, Dieckmann’s Strange Weather. You can catch her on tour with Nilüfer Yanya and Fred Armisen(!) starting in February. Watch the video for “Seventeen” above.

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