Sharon Van Etten presents “Let Go,” a track from Feels Good Man, a documentary film about the Internet meme Pepe the Frog that’s set to premiere on PBS on Friday Oct 19th. In “Let Go,” the rushing sound of waves and arpeggiated piano give way to a steady drumbeat. Van Etten’s voice is brawny, as she sings of shedding stagnancy. It all culminates into an emotional declaration as Van Etten repeats: “Let it go (Let him go) // Let it go (Let him go).”
“After watching the documentary, I just followed the feeling of coming to terms with something and tried to evoke peace through my melody and words,” says Van Etten. “The song and film’s producer, Giorgio [Angelini], was a great collaborator and communicator and I was given a lot of freedom. That says a lot about the film and the people who made it.
Feels Good Man is the directorial debut of Arthur Jones and stars Matt Furie, who created Pepe. Throughout the film, Furie attempts to reclaim control of Pepe from alt-right members who use the image for their own agendas. Following its premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, Feels Good Man won a U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Emerging Filmmaker and was also nominated in the U.S. Documentary Competition at Sundance.