Van Etten's music is often melancholoy, with lyrics based on an unkind lover or scorned follower. She channels that painful ache from love gone awry onstage with an honest and fluid delivery. The singer was front and center supported by a four piece backing band that allowed her to be the focus of the performance. Often demonstrating her skills, SVE was able to bounce from one instrument to another with no trouble.
Fortunately, this presence did not get in the way of the songs. Her and the band were able to switch focus and deliver an inspired performance, even after awkwardly talking to the yogi. The only downfall for me was her banter with the audience. At times it was meandering and uncomfortable to the point I asked why? But maybe this will smooth out with time. She will be in the limelight for a while.