In the opening bars of "Jupiter 4," the latest song from Sharon Van Etten's forthcoming album Remind Me Tomorrow, there's a noise reminiscent of the sound of travel: a windshield wiper struggling across a dry surface, or a reel dragging backwards in slow motion. Since Van Etten released her last album, 2014's Are We There, her life has rerouted in several ways: becoming a mother, acting on "The OA," going back to academia. "Jupiter 4" sounds like the product of a songwriter undergoing a revival, unpacking and remoulding their own romance with music again.
On "Jupiter 4," with the help of producer John Congleton, she engulfs herself in a dark landscape of heavy synths and drum machines. On Are We ThereVan Etten's pain was exorcised from deep inside itself, its presentation of a sparse and solitary outcry in a otherwise quiet room. Now, however, the trauma is in their surroundings. "Jupiter 4" is an ood to the eternal search for love, with Van Etten's voice a vessel for optimism and survival in the flood of external destruction: "Baby, baby, baby, I've been waiting for my whole life for someone like you , She pleads as the chords grow stormy and smoldering. Her efforts no longer feel elegant; Here they are threatening. Love remains a light in the dark, but a light to where? As the track swirls and fades, the mystery remains unsettling.