The track listings of Sharon Van Etten’s latest album Are We There have a convincing theme of nihilistic romance, for it includes songs titled Your Love Is Killing Me, I Love You But I’m Lost and Our Love.
Our Love is the song that resonates most because of its bleak sensibilities. It’s a song that wallows in minimalist arrangements, consisting of unfortunate metaphors and repeated verses that echo a relationship decaying in the worst ways imaginable. It’s a song that finds beauty in the dying embers of romance, presenting a tale of emotional privation, and discovering that the end of a relationship is as tragically beautiful as its birth. It’s dark and evocative song writing.