Are We There
is about Van Etten's decade-long on-off relationship with a DJ named Christian that cracked as she focused on her blossoming music career. This song finds Van Etten telling the story of how she met her boyfriend. She told Uncut
magazine: "That one is really R&B which I haven't done much before, it has more of a Sade groove. I was really into Sade's 'Soldier of Love
.' And I got tired of the guitar, I thought I was rewriting the same song, so I started playing keys more."
"Coming up with a song on the organ felt different, I started singing in a more soulful way."