Listen to Sharon Van Etten’s Moving Cover of Donovan’s ‘Teen Angel’
Sharon Van Etten has kept busy ever since last year’s great Are We There. Not only did the singer drop her I Don’t Want to Let You Down EP back in June, but she’s also shared a scattered collection of one-off singles, collaborations and covers along the way. The latest comes in the shape of a gorgeous cover of Donovan’s “Teen Angel.” Listen below (via NPR):
Van Etten’s signature melancholy is a good match for the Donovan original, which appeared as a B-side to “Hurdy Gurdy Man” in 1968 and can be heard at the bottom of the page.
“I’ve admired Donovan’s voice and minimal psychedelic songs since I was a child,” Van Etten told NPR. “In the folk world he was still very ‘left’ and it stood out to me. Even though he was a trippy cat, he was still a romantic and I loved seeing both of those sides.”
Van Etten’s take on “Teen Angel” will appear on the forthcoming Donovan tribute album, Gazing With Tranquility, which is due out Oct. 16 via Rock the Cause Records and will benefit Huntington’s Hope. The compilation also features contributions from the Flaming Lips, the Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser, Ivan & Alyosha and more.