Best of 2012: Sharon Van Etten and Little Scream

Tramp (2012, Jagjaguwar)

Two of our favorite indie pop/folk chanteuses, Sharon Van Etten and Little Scream made the most of 2012. Van Etten’s Tramp was a “breakout” album, but one in the best sense: it raised her public profile while compromising none of her musical integrity and ingenuity. Check out videos below of her performing single “Serpents” at Studio Q and killing it at SXSW 2012. You can view her (NSFW) video for “Magic Chords” via YouTube here.

Golden Record (2011, Secretly Canadian)

Little Scream’s Golden Record was a 2011 release, but continued in heavy rotation this year; its beguiling song “The Lamb” got appropriately beguiling video treatment (below). And lots and lots of touring.

Finally, one of our favorite covers of 2012, courtesy of the Onion’s AV Club: Sharon Van Etten and Little Scream supply a re-conception of Fine Young Cannibals’ “She Drives Me Crazy.”

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