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Sharon Van Etten returns with new single "Porta"

08 February 2022, 11:13 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Sharon Van Etten is back with her first new single of 2022, "Porta".

The new song was written in 2020, and is produced by Van Etten and Daniel Knowles. It follows her September cover of The Velvet Underground and Nico’s "Femme Fatale" with Angel Olsen.

Van Etten says "Porta" was written "at one of my lowest lows. For most of my adult life I have struggled with bouts of depression and anxiety and coping mechanisms, and I sometimes let those dark moments get the best of me. During this time I felt very dissociated. Not connected to my body and I felt out of control."

"I was seeking a friend, someone to talk to who understands what finding the core means but also knows what my weaknesses are and can help me work around them and find my other strengths," Van Etten continued. "I knew I was entering a no judgment zone and I needed to be held accountable for my actions and Stella [Cook, Base Pilates] helped me step up. We would meet once a week on Zoom, have a catch up on life over a quick coffee and then get to work. Then, a day or two later she would send another video my way so I had something to work towards the end of the week. She was encouraging, but not pushy. If life got in the way, I didn't feel like I let her down - but I loved our sessions. I looked forward to them. I started feeling closer to her, and closer to myself, and it helped things seem hopeful. And I just wanted to share that with the world. Instead of the darkness. Instead of my fears. My message is to work through them. Even when it's hard. Even when it hurts. Reach out. Reach out to that friend who helps you reach out towards yourself."

"Porta" is out now. Sharon Van Etten will play London's O2 Brixton Academy on 17 June. Visit for tickets.
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