Are We There
is about Van Etten's extant relationship with a DJ named Christian, which has been on and off since the mid 2000s. She told The 405
: "That song is relentless! I call that one the beast. It's really intense about loving someone so much that in a way it's creating a monster."
"It's a masochistic song of 'yeah we're in this together but see what you're doing to me?' Reflecting on meeting somebody, knowing somebody and loving somebody," she added. "It's them seeing me at my weakest, at my most broken and asking if it's worth it."