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Watch Sharon Van Etten’s Fire-Lit Soiree de Poche

La Blogothèque has (finally) shared the Soirée de Poche (Pocket Party, or Takeaway Show, depending on how you’re translating) they filmed with Sharon Van Etten last fall in a Parisian apartment. Is there a better way to follow up your first look at Blue Ivy Carter? We think not.

Accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Heather Woods Broderick on vocals, Van Etten plays "Give Out," "All I Can," "One Day," and "Love More" for a cross-legged audience, all seated in front of a roaring fire. It’s incredibly intimate, quiet, sad, yet altogether gripping, just like the album she released this week, Tramp (her first full-length via Jagjaguwar). The room is filled with few people, most of whom don’t seem to expect much in-between song banter (considering the amount of English spoken in the room), and as a result, Van Etten seems more at ease than she has seemed at larger, sold-out clubs, thus fully realizing the power in her songs. It’s gut-wrenching.

But then, after 20 minutes, just when you think you might cry, the credits roll, during which she and Broderick lead a singalong to "You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me," and all is lightened again.The aesthetic of this video encapsulates exactly how Sharon Van Etten’s music should be experienced: it feels like being let in on a truly special secret, like sleepover confessions you used to make with your best friend when you were a kid.