Angel Olsen

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...is the best thing I've heard in a while. Anyone else?

For the uninitiated: http://www.myspace.com/ghostgrocersings
And this: http://vimeo.com/13511912

AlexPh, Thursday, 20 January 2011 00:05 (six years ago) Permalink

Dammit. She's, obviously, not a thing. I meant to put the name of her Bathetic cassette release, Strange Cacti, in the title.

AlexPh, Thursday, 20 January 2011 00:16 (six years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

"Half Way Home" is really really nice.

With enduring faith, W. Cunt. (jamescobo), Saturday, 6 October 2012 23:35 (five years ago) Permalink

It is

has important things to say about gangnam style (Hurting 2), Monday, 8 October 2012 20:48 (five years ago) Permalink

I like her voice a lot.

has important things to say about gangnam style (Hurting 2), Monday, 8 October 2012 20:50 (five years ago) Permalink

all about this lady tbh

Legendary General Cypher Raige (Gukbe), Monday, 8 October 2012 20:54 (five years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

i keep thinking the angel haze thread is her thread. i like this record! at first i didn't think i liked her voice, but it has really grown on me.

tylerw, Friday, 4 January 2013 23:23 (four years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Wow. Half Way Home. This is some good stuff.

big firework, Thursday, 2 May 2013 07:42 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

She is so good! I love it when people with beautiful voices have the confidence to sing in weird ways. I don't usually have the stomach for introspective confessional songwriting, but I can ignore what she's saying because her voice is interesting to listen to. Why is this thread so short?

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Thursday, 20 June 2013 17:13 (four years ago) Permalink

i don't know! she keeps sounding better and better with every listen. otm about her being kind of un-ignorable -- not the sort of thing I'd put on as background music. but great.
this is good: http://folkadelphia.bandcamp.com/album/angel-olsen-folkadelphia-session-11-13-2012

tylerw, Thursday, 20 June 2013 17:20 (four years ago) Permalink

Angel's pretty great. I imagine that her next record will raise her profile quite a bit, but who knows? Still don't think that that many people know her right now though.

grandavis, Thursday, 20 June 2013 17:40 (four years ago) Permalink

I stumbled on this youtube because I recognized her name as someone who's going to be at pfork but I didn't really know what her deal was and it turns out she totally rules. she's talented enough to sleepwalk, but she totally doesn't.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V97LaGh78gQ

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Thursday, 20 June 2013 17:44 (four years ago) Permalink

i don't love the girl groupy stuff as much as the folk stuff but this song rules too
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sekbCD_oFl0

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Thursday, 20 June 2013 17:55 (four years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

here she totally belts it like linda ronstadt
it's awesome
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hh9Z_XRh-GU

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Tuesday, 16 July 2013 19:01 (four years ago) Permalink

Wow, Linda R. is a pretty good comparison for her voice at times. Like that song a lot, and her approach to songwriting. Would think the move to Jagjaguwar is going to pull in some fans. Good fit generally.

grandavis, Wednesday, 17 July 2013 14:17 (four years ago) Permalink

I hear some Roy Orbison in there too. At the risk of way overgeneralizing about female indie singers, it's refreshing to hear a really good, full-throated voice that doesn't rely on breathy, wispy affectations.

i don't even have an internet (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 17 July 2013 14:23 (four years ago) Permalink

the way she uses the range of her voice is really impressive to me -- she's very deliberate about how she sings each line and it's easy to pay attention to that and forget that the songs themselves are really good!
she is great.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Wednesday, 17 July 2013 14:28 (four years ago) Permalink

this is a great tune:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDJ0m4CRRc8

i don't even have an internet (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 17 July 2013 14:49 (four years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

I won free tix to see her with Implodes tomorrow. Yay! I think it's gonna be an interesting show. Don't know if they're playing together or what, but I hope so.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Thursday, 15 August 2013 13:48 (four years ago) Permalink

I wish more of her songs were like "The Waiting" (easier said than done I know, that's kind of the "hit"). I like her more when she brings a little intensity rather than doing the folky/melancholy thing.

#fomo that's the motto (Hurting 2), Thursday, 15 August 2013 13:57 (four years ago) Permalink

Yeah, because her voice is so versatile I want her to use it in different ways rather than the easy straightforward way. She doesn't seem afraid of/averse to experimentation though, and I've got this idea that if she is playing with Implodes, it's going to be more than folky strumming/singing. It has to be, right?

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Thursday, 15 August 2013 14:08 (four years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Forced myself to buy a bunch of LPs I hadn't heard before or knew nothing about today, and Strange Cacti was one of them. So far it seems like the jewel of the bunch; Olsen's voice is remarkable. Guess I'll have to catch up with Half Way Home now.

Evan R, Tuesday, 3 September 2013 23:16 (four years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

whoa she's great. and touring with cian nugent soon!

christmas candy bar (al leong), Tuesday, 3 December 2013 22:44 (three years ago) Permalink

She's playing tomorrow night and I'm gonna try to get down to it.

Insane Prince of False Binaries (Gukbe), Tuesday, 3 December 2013 22:48 (three years ago) Permalink

she does some things incredibly well. her voice reminds me in spots of suzanne langille for some reason, a bit of nina nastasia perhaps?

christmas candy bar (al leong), Tuesday, 3 December 2013 22:56 (three years ago) Permalink

new song is considerably rocked up but it is good! will definitely go see an olsen/nugent double bill.

tylerw, Tuesday, 3 December 2013 22:58 (three years ago) Permalink

as noted above, I think that's a good thing

signed, J.P. Morgan CEO (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 3 December 2013 23:11 (three years ago) Permalink

When I saw her she didn't actually play WITH Implodes, and in retrospect I'm not sure why i thought she would. I want her to either sing something weird and wordless or go full belt a la Linda Ronstadt.

sweat pea (La Lechera), Tuesday, 3 December 2013 23:26 (three years ago) Permalink

But who cares what I want -- she should do what she wants!!

sweat pea (La Lechera), Tuesday, 3 December 2013 23:31 (three years ago) Permalink

here are those tour dates --
02/18 Charlottesville, VA The Southern
02/20 New York, NY La Poisson Rouge
02/22 Nashville, TN The Stone Fox
02/23 Fayetteville, AR JR's Lightbulb Club
02/24 Dallas, TX Three Links
02/25 Austin, TX Red 7
03/01 San Diego, CA Soda Bar
03/02 Los Angeles, CA The Echoplex
03/03 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
03/05 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
03/06 Vancouver, British Columbia Media Club
03/07 Seattle, WA Barboza
03/08 Moscow, ID Mikey's Gyros
03/10 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge

tylerw, Tuesday, 3 December 2013 23:38 (three years ago) Permalink

i mean, if there is any doubt about whether or not to see her live, she is really really charming and super talented. she's also relaxed and a very natural performer. she has a real presence, and you should see her if you have the opportunity and inclination.

sweat pea (La Lechera), Tuesday, 3 December 2013 23:53 (three years ago) Permalink

I intend to, even though the venue is basically a tiny room in a bar with everyone awkwardly standing and bad sound.

Insane Prince of False Binaries (Gukbe), Tuesday, 3 December 2013 23:54 (three years ago) Permalink

that said, i found her backing band somewhat dull, like they lacked imagination or something.
is it her solo or with band?

sweat pea (La Lechera), Tuesday, 3 December 2013 23:55 (three years ago) Permalink

she's playing at the echoplex here. bad venue, they booked roedelius the same night as a house DJ in the next room, ruined his performance.

christmas candy bar (al leong), Tuesday, 3 December 2013 23:56 (three years ago) Permalink

uh what? that is awful. how could anyone do that to roedelius?!
or angel olsen.

sweat pea (La Lechera), Tuesday, 3 December 2013 23:59 (three years ago) Permalink

I imagine it's solo but I don't know

Insane Prince of False Binaries (Gukbe), Wednesday, 4 December 2013 06:12 (three years ago) Permalink

gah that live version of "drunk and with dreams" posted upthread (the co-prosperity clip) is soooo good. she's like roy orbison or something.

tylerw, Wednesday, 4 December 2013 18:19 (three years ago) Permalink

Oh cool, the Olsen/Nugent bill is coming to Charlottesville. Definitely gonna go if I am in town.

grandavis, Wednesday, 4 December 2013 18:24 (three years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

really liking this record

ciderpress, Wednesday, 19 February 2014 16:40 (three years ago) Permalink

Yes, it's a beauty.

Eyeball Kicks, Wednesday, 19 February 2014 16:43 (three years ago) Permalink

It's about half good. She's better with rockers, "Windows" excepted.

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 19 February 2014 16:52 (three years ago) Permalink

I've only just discovered her; I've been playing both albums on rotation, and I've snapped up tickets to see her next month. <3 her

painfully alive in a drugged and dying culture (DavidM), Wednesday, 19 February 2014 18:34 (three years ago) Permalink

I want to give this more time, but I really really don't like the way it's mixed so far.

Burt Stuntin (Hurting 2), Friday, 21 February 2014 05:42 (three years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92Ar3rMoQKo

, Wednesday, 12 March 2014 06:00 (three years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Finally getting around to the new one and damn, it's great! Am I right in thinking she's raised her game a bit on this?

narcissism of vas deferenses (NickB), Thursday, 27 March 2014 16:49 (three years ago) Permalink

I saw her in in the tiny and packed out Soup Kitchen venue in Manchester on Sunday night and she was terrific. Most of her set was songs from her new album, which was a touch disappointing as I prefer Half Way Home, personally. But her voice, especially on a long, slow-burning version of "White Fire", was spellbinding.

painfully alive in a drugged and dying culture (DavidM), Thursday, 27 March 2014 22:18 (three years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

My favorite part of the album are the last three songs, Dance Slow Decades reminds me of Marling.

Van Horn Street, Saturday, 26 April 2014 03:18 (three years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

"Burn Your Fire" is one of my favorite things of the year, definitely a weird mash of Johnny Cash and post-punk weirdness in the background. It's that backing that makes the new one far better than her debut for me.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:51 (three years ago) Permalink

Two stars.

And I seriously doubt any actual listening to the album took place.

Austin, Tuesday, 6 September 2016 05:13 (one year ago) Permalink

Laura Marling, Julia Holter, Courtney Barnett, Elza Soares, Serafina Steer, Cat Power, Eileen Jewell – they all go to show that the world is not deplete of interesting young and moving female voices producing exciting music.

Elza Soares is 79.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 6 September 2016 08:56 (one year ago) Permalink

i agree that this was a two-star album review

j. winters (josh), Tuesday, 6 September 2016 13:57 (one year ago) Permalink

Here's an overwritten try-hard metacritic user review to counter that:

IanJWalters
Sep 2, 2016
10
Confidently confused, unabashedly devoted to her feelings, she esteems intuition as a goddess worth building an altar for, it seems, instead of just burning a fire. These songs rock and roll. "I dare you to understand what makes me a woman," she croons, at first, then belts the last syllable, stretching it all the way around the earth. Challenge accepted.

Evan, Tuesday, 6 September 2016 14:55 (one year ago) Permalink

Her interview in Rookie goes into her apprehension wrt critics -- pretty interesting, would recommend

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 6 September 2016 14:58 (one year ago) Permalink

The thirst is real in that "review."

Austin, Tuesday, 6 September 2016 17:52 (one year ago) Permalink

Anyone else enamoured by the direction the album takes from "Heart Shaped Face" onwards? Settles into a nice groove with some top tier Olsen tracks ("Sister" and "Woman").

Ross, Monday, 12 September 2016 04:05 (one year ago) Permalink

holy fuck if you have any interest in her music whatsoever you really don't want to miss this tour

reggie (qualmsley), Monday, 19 September 2016 05:15 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah she was great

Gukbe, Tuesday, 20 September 2016 02:20 (one year ago) Permalink

this album sounds good and the lyrics are good and it is good.

Treeship, Tuesday, 20 September 2016 02:46 (one year ago) Permalink

i've heard amazing things about the tour as well.

the "review" austin quoted, while just a single paragraph, felt like enduring an illness. i feel like i've read so many pieces over the years that were basically that: haughty, dismissive, sexist, judging an album by some prefab criteria that the author has just made up but for some reason considers inviolable law.

Treeship, Tuesday, 20 September 2016 02:49 (one year ago) Permalink

guess she has paul sukeena playing guitar in her band now (from spacin, steve gunn, solar motel band). that will add some firepower to the live show for sure.

tylerw, Tuesday, 20 September 2016 15:15 (one year ago) Permalink

it's like prime dylan and the band at this point. she is straight up killing it

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 20 September 2016 17:34 (one year ago) Permalink

Quick listens haven't wowed me but will give her another chance. She's getting so much favorable attention

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 21 September 2016 12:47 (one year ago) Permalink

it's like prime dylan and the band at this point. she is straight up killing it

― reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, September 20, 2016 1:34 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

OK, let's all just calm down now

Wimmels, Wednesday, 21 September 2016 12:53 (one year ago) Permalink

i'm not even kidding. she is a rolling thunder revue force of nature. she might have the most powerful singing voice i've ever heard. don't miss this!

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 21 September 2016 13:52 (one year ago) Permalink

i'm so excited to see her tonight!

maura, Wednesday, 21 September 2016 16:12 (one year ago) Permalink

ahhh apparently she is playing burlington tomorrow night and there are still tickets but i have several big work projects due friday :(((((

jason waterfalls (gbx), Wednesday, 21 September 2016 16:14 (one year ago) Permalink

Get them done early & celebrate w Angel & friends!!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 21 September 2016 16:32 (one year ago) Permalink

she might have the most powerful singing voice i've ever heard

on some songs her breathy vocals and melodies are too npr-tiny desk-Bob Boilen generic rock for me

curmudgeon, Thursday, 22 September 2016 14:16 (one year ago) Permalink

My Woman is super great; I liked it since I first heard it but every time I come back to it (which happens with increasing frequency) I like it more.

thos beads (jamescobo), Friday, 23 September 2016 23:27 (one year ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

Just figured out that her backup singer on this album/tour is Heather McEntire of Mount Moriah, who are really good in their own right.

El Tuomasbot (milo z), Friday, 23 June 2017 06:34 (three months ago) Permalink

Maybe my expectations were too high but still reckon Burn Your Fire is way better than last record. Just seems more consistent overall - the last one was OK with a few great songs sprinkled through. It does sound more like a carefully considered breakout type record I suppose which i guess the evidence would suggest it was - increasing her profile and audience so thats great and all. Just like the other one better.

clouds (peanutbuttereverysingleday), Friday, 23 June 2017 12:03 (three months ago) Permalink

Boo, My Woman is so obviously superior in every aspect.

Austin, Friday, 23 June 2017 17:50 (three months ago) Permalink

BOO YOU

j., Friday, 23 June 2017 17:52 (three months ago) Permalink

I prefer Burn as well, but My Woman has some songs that rival anything on Burn IMO "Sister", "My Woman" and "Heart Shaped Face"

Unchanging Window (Ross), Friday, 23 June 2017 18:06 (three months ago) Permalink

Burn hands down. My Woman has some crazy highs though.

Evan R, Friday, 23 June 2017 20:35 (three months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

my woman is a great record

marcos, Wednesday, 19 July 2017 16:51 (two months ago) Permalink

"sister"! wow

marcos, Wednesday, 19 July 2017 16:59 (two months ago) Permalink

it certainly is, and sister is probably the highlight

saw her in concert at Roskilde Festival, crowd was somewhat noisy which annoyed her, but all the same she seemed very unfocused and unhappy to be there, perhaps intoxicated, not a good show

niels, Wednesday, 19 July 2017 17:15 (two months ago) Permalink

I saw her a couple years back and she didn't seem happy to be there either. Mind you this was in Vancouver where crowds can be terrible for talking over performers. She made lots of dark sarcastic jokes. Unfortunately I fainted after "Stars" which was the highlight anyway

Paisley Window Pane (Ross), Wednesday, 19 July 2017 18:14 (two months ago) Permalink

where is the love for the pine valley cosmonautic CHIVALROUS AMOEKONS, the mekons cover thing she did with will oldham and emmett kelly?

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 19 July 2017 18:26 (two months ago) Permalink

oh i want to hear that

marcos, Wednesday, 19 July 2017 18:57 (two months ago) Permalink

She was great at Pitchfork this year - really enjoyed her and her band - ace playing and stage presence.

BlackIronPrison, Wednesday, 19 July 2017 19:30 (two months ago) Permalink

ACL taping live stream happening now - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sqzc3lBfJHc

Don't know if they leave it up after the stream ends.

El Tuomasbot (milo z), Wednesday, 26 July 2017 02:15 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

More of a technical question (asking for a friend) but does anyone know what set-up her band uses to get the bass tone on Burn Your Fire

Week of Wonders (Ross), Friday, 1 September 2017 22:35 (one month ago) Permalink

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQz9OG67wRw

classic track

Week of Wonders (Ross), Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:54 (six days ago) Permalink

new b-sides album then soon? cool

Week of Wonders (Ross), Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:55 (six days ago) Permalink

she is so good

marcos, Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:58 (six days ago) Permalink

Love that cover.

Eyeball Kicks, Thursday, 12 October 2017 17:03 (six days ago) Permalink

I always sense of bunch of off-putting irony and cutesiness in her stuff, which others don't seem to hear

rip van wanko, Thursday, 12 October 2017 17:32 (six days ago) Permalink

projection?
that's a really cool cover.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 12 October 2017 18:28 (six days ago) Permalink

yea i really don't get much irony at all from her music, certainly not cutesiness

marcos, Friday, 13 October 2017 13:49 (five days ago) Permalink

it is the opposite for me, there is a sincerity to her lyrics and vocals that i really like

marcos, Friday, 13 October 2017 13:52 (five days ago) Permalink

i listened to "heart-shaped face" and "sister" this morning, those lyrics about change in each of them i just love

"i've seen you changing / i've seen you aging"

"all my life i thought i'd change ... all my life i thought i'd change"

marcos, Friday, 13 October 2017 13:53 (five days ago) Permalink

I read the MY WOMAN lyrics start to finish to see if I could find the irony I thought I heard, and there's not a bit. They read like a lost mid-80s Debbie Gibson record. That is until you get to Sister and it's like, whoa.

rip van wanko, Friday, 13 October 2017 14:06 (five days ago) Permalink

there's a continuity to her lyrics thematically over the last two records, burn yr fire felt focused on lost love and all the regret involved, whereas the new one is reconciliation with that.

Week of Wonders (Ross), Friday, 13 October 2017 15:05 (five days ago) Permalink

This is haunting stuff:
https://youtu.be/icA5u-IOBEM

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Saturday, 14 October 2017 05:50 (four days ago) Permalink

i can't stop listening to my woman. i've been playing a lot of her older stuff too but it seems like such an immense artistic leap happened between the older records and this one

marcos, Tuesday, 17 October 2017 16:05 (yesterday) Permalink


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