A year after dropping her 2014 album Are We There, Sharon Van Etten followed up with an EP called I Don’t Want to Let You Down EP. The collection featured a number of leftovers from the previous LP, including the title track, which was also released as a 7-inch single. On the flip side of “I Don’t Want to Let You Down” was a song called “All Over Again”. Now, five years later, Van Etten has made that B-side available online for the first time.
Whereas Van Etten’s latest full-length, Remind Me Tomorrow (the second best album of 2019), found the singer-songwriter probing a newfound contentedness, Are We There was written from a much less satisfied place. Thus, “All Over Again” is a steady spiral of repetitious doubt, Van Etten singing gently over heartbeat drums. “Everyone says they understand/ Everyone will do what they can, I’ve seen it,” she croons. “Imagine the time to grow.” Take a listen below.
Announcing the digital release of “All Over Again” via Instagram, Van Etten wrote,
“My 7″ ‘I Don’t Want To Let You Down’ had a b-side that was never digitally released – until today. ‘All Over Again’ is a deeply personal song written during the ‘Are We There’ sessions. Broken hearted years ago and driven to find true love, it’s hard to believe I was ever there when I look back now from such a fulfilled space. I’m humbled to share yet another vulnerable moment with you.”
Van Etten has released a number of other tracks this year, as well. In addition to “Beaten Down” and “Staring at a Mountain”, she joined Fountains of Wayne to record “Hackensack” as a tribute to the late Adam Schlesinger and benefit single for The New jersey Pandemic Relief Fund. She also recorded a cover of “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding” with Josh Homme and recently teamed with Deep Sea Diver on “Impossible Weight”.