Sharon Van Etten Announces Double LP Reissue and Covers Album for 2010’s “epic”

Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner’s take on “A Crime” is now streaming.

Sharon Van Etten shared today that she’ll be releasing a double LP version of her 2010 album epic, along with a covers album to celebrate the record’s ten-year anniversary. “epic represents a crossroads for me as an artist—going from intern to artist at Ba Da Bing, from solo folk singer to playing with a band for the first time and beginning to play shows on tour where people showed up,” Van Etten said of the album in a press release.

Available April 16, the project comes complete with an additional covers LP comprised of new versions by a variety of musicians, including Fiona Apple, Lucinda Williams, Courtney Barnett and Vagabon, IDLES, and Shamir. Today, we’re getting the Big Red Machine (Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner) cover of Van Etten’s “A Crime.”

Dessner said in a statement that, “Sharon is one of my favorite songwriters and I’ve been very lucky to get to collaborate with her many times over the years. Recording ‘A Crime’ with Justin, more than 10 years after we covered ‘Love More’ at Music Now with my brother Bryce—and thinking about all our shared memories—it felt like coming full circle. It’s an honor to be able to pay tribute to Sharon and her incredible songs. We felt like the door should be about to fall off the hinges of this version and I think it sounds like that.”

On top of the double LP and covers album, there will also be an epic Ten documentary and concert that streams April 16 and 17. Van Etten and her band will perform the entire album at the Zebulon LA, a venue that was crucial to the start of her career. The show and film’s profits will go toward the venue.

You can pre-order epic Ten here and purchase tickets for the live stream here. In the meantime, check out Big Red Machine’s take on “A Crime” below (that’s Justin playing the drums).


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