Welcome to #TBT Mixtape, Billboard’s new series showcasing artists’ very own throwback-themed playlists, exclusive to Billboard’s Spotify account. The curated set features the artists’ favorite tracks from their youth and childhood.
This week’s spin comes from singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten. The New Jersey bred artist just celebrated the release of a new album, (it was) because i was in love, a deluxe re-issue of her 2009 debut LP, out Nov. 17 via Vinyl Me Please.
The haunting, sparse set, was recorded by Greg Weeks, who co-produced alongside Van Etten and initially released the album on his Language of Stone label. The re-work was mixed by Craig Silvey, mastered by Joe Lambert and includes new artwork and two bonus tracks.
“It was an innocent and beautiful record, which some of my newer fans may not even know about,” Van Etten says of the re-issue. “This seemed like the perfect time to remix and remaster it, and give it a new life.”
The return to her roots capped a major year for the songwriter, who in addition to features on tracks with Spoon, Michael Cera, and Lee Ranaldo, scored the indie film Strange Weather (Holly Hunter), contributed a Skeeter Davis cover of “The End of the World” to Amazon’s The Man In The High Castle soundtrack, and made the jump to Hollywood, with her acting debut in Netflix series The OA, as well as an appearance (to perform her track “Tarifa”) in Showtime’s Twin Peaks: The Return.
To fete her massive year, the striking artist put together this week’s #TBT Mixtape. “These songs represent my time as a kid leading up to my 20s, before I was writing songs,” Van Etten adds. “When I was young & innocent… “
Give the set a spin and also check out a retro snap of the star below.