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Sharon van Etten and Jamie Stewart met a few years ago, when producer John Congleton recommended the Xiu Xiu frontman as a contributor to the singer-songwriter’s 2019 album, Remind Me Tomorrow. Though their music isn’t super similar sounding, each traffics in a kind of emotional honesty that’s difficult to pull off but incredibly rewarding. Van Etten contributed vocals to the song “Sad Mezcalita” on Xiu Xiu’s new all-duets album, OH NO, and the two chat about that collaboration here, along with the creative process, being open in their songwriting, and much more.
This episode was produced by Melissa Kaplan. The Talkhouse theme is composed and performed by the Range.
(Feature Photo Credit: left, Ryan Pfluger; right, Julia Brokaw; Edited by: Keenan Kush)