Written while pregnant, going to school for psychology, and after taking The OA audition, Remind Me Tomorrow was written in stolen time: in scraps of hours wedged between myriad endeavors - Van Etten guest-starred in The OA, and brought her music onstage in David Lynch's revival of Twin Peaks. Off-screen, she wrote her first score for Katherine Dieckmann's movie Strange Weather and the closing title song for Tig Notaro's show, Tig. The breadth of her passions (musical, emotional, otherwise), of new careers and projects and lifelong roles, have inflected this album with a wise sense of a warped-time perspective. It reckons with the life that gets lived when you put off the small and inevitable maintenance in favor of something more present.
The songs on Remind Me Tomorrow have been transported from Van Etten's original demos through producer John Congleton's arrangements. He helped flip the signature Van Etten ratio, making the album more energetic-upbeat than minimal-meditative. The songs are as resonating as ever, the themes are still an honest and subtle approach to love and longing, but Congleton has plucked out new idiosyncrasies from Van Etten's sound.
For Remind Me Tomorrow, Van Etten has played Kimmel. Performances on Ellen & The Tonight Show (not announced) are on the horizon. Press highlights include print features in The New York Times Arts & Leisure (full page), Los Angeles Times, ELLE, Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, FADER, Bust, plus interviews on NPR's All Things Considered & NPR Music. Longform reviews have run in The New Yorker and Rolling Stone (lead review). The album was named a "Best New Music" by Pitchfork & reviewed by Fresh Air.