Listen: Sharon Van Etten Clings to Love In Courtney Barnett Co-Write “Close to You”

Sharon Van Etten is back with a new stirring and intimate track co-written with fellow celebrated songsmith Courtney Barnett. Released today (November 1), “Close to You” finds Etten fully enraptured in the captivating presence of another.

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Etten’s soft, emotion-filled vocals reiterate the powerful pull she feels towards this special person. She longs for a time when they can escape the world together, fully immersed in each other’s warm presence. 

Put on your best dress and get outta your head
Can we forget about everybody else?
What do you do when you got so much to lose?
Maybe tomorrow we’ll get away
And I’ll stay, close to you

“Close to You” is a cut from the upcoming Apple TV+ series The Buccaneers official soundtrack. The compilation was produced by Stella Mozgawa, longtime drummer of Australian indie-rock band Warpaint. Due out on November 8 via Interscope, the soundtrack also features tracks from LuciusGracie AbramsBully, and Danielle Ponder, among others. 

“It was a truly incredible experience working with this group of uniquely talented artists,” Mozgawa shared in a statement. “Everyone brought their A-game and taught me something invaluable about the creative process. Witnessing these artists map each character’s journey through song was a joy, and the album feels like a really exciting companion to the show.”

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“Close to You” is the latest in a string of new singles and collaborations Van Etten has released in recent months. Her most recent full-length project, We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong, arrived in 2022. In March, she celebrated the 10th anniversary of her breakthrough third studio album, Tramp, by sharing an extended edition of the LP featuring the previously unreleased track “This Is Too Right.”

Listen to “Close to You” below:

The Buccaneers Track List

“North American Scum,” Emily Kokal (feat. Miya Folick)
“Let the Games Begin,” Lucius
“What We Wanna,” Miya Folick
“Ankhas,” Warpaint
“Right On Time,” Bully
“Lifeline,” Sedona
“Ice Cream,” Lucius
“Down By the Law,” Alison Mosshart
“Anyway I Look at It,” Emily Kokal
“These Waves,” Emily Kokal
“Into the Dark,” Danielle Ponder
“Lean In,” Sarah Walk
“Meet Me After Midnight,” Bully
“Cedar,” Gracie Abrams
“Feel Good,” Sharon Van Etten
“Close to You,” Sharon Van Etten

“Nan’s Theme,” AVAWAVES
“Cornwall,” AVAWAVES
“Proposal,” AVAWAVES
“The Buccaneers,” AVAWAVES
“Duchess,” AVAWAVES

Photo by Ian Laidlaw, Courtesy of Pitch Perfect PR

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