Angel Olsen

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For the uninitiated:
And this:

AlexPh, Thursday, 20 January 2011 00:05 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

one year passes...

"Half Way Home" is really really nice.

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

It is

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

I like her voice a lot.

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

all about this lady tbh

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

Will Oldham/Palace/Bonnie Prince Billie: S&D

lil queequeg (peter grasswich), Monday, 8 October 2012 21:12 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

three months pass...

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

big firework, Thursday, 2 May 2013 07:42 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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:

tylerw, Thursday, 20 June 2013 17:20 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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.

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

i don't love the girl groupy stuff as much as the folk stuff but this song rules too

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

three weeks pass...

here she totally belts it like linda ronstadt
it's awesome

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

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

this is a great tune:

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

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

three months pass...

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

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

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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

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

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 (seven years ago) link

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

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

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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

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

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

two months pass...

really liking this record

ciderpress, Wednesday, 19 February 2014 16:40 (six years ago) link

Yes, it's a beauty.

Eyeball Kicks, Wednesday, 19 February 2014 16:43 (six years ago) link

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

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

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

two weeks pass...

, Wednesday, 12 March 2014 06:00 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

everyone itt arguing with austin who iirc hasn't heard the record and decided he wouldn't like it based on the angel olsen's insta posts reminding him of grimes (yes, this is the reason he doesn't like this album) would be better of doing literally anything with their time

Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 8 October 2019 20:32 (one year ago) link

lol brad okay man. my post was genuine. you drew the comparison and it resonated and made sense for me. that anything by angel is reminiscent of yyys is disappointing. and it goes back to what i was saying earlier: this new record and rollout just seems overproduced and overbearing; not at all what i liked her music for in the past.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Tuesday, 8 October 2019 20:43 (one year ago) link

just bc of this stupid argument i have looked at angel olsen's instagram and am enjoying the relatively short series of professional photographs accompanied by paragraphs about the process of making the record and/or music videos

I chose All Mirrors as the title of this upcoming record because I liked the theme; the theme of how we are all mirrors to and for each other. Even if that is not the complete truth, still, there is always an element of personal projection in what we’d like to see in others and in all scenarios.

good stuff imo

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 8 October 2019 20:54 (one year ago) link

brad is OTM about "summer" - one of my favourites too - but the rhetorical position that anything by angel being reminiscent of yyys would be disappointing is amazingly sweeping, and implicitly incurious about music's ability to make connections between things that not only are unexpected but also change the effect of those things

Tim F, Tuesday, 8 October 2019 22:18 (one year ago) link

ok 'summer' is actually good, 'tonight' is the one that kills the momentum. guess that's what the skip button is for ('endgame' seems like a skipper too)

imago, Wednesday, 9 October 2019 11:47 (one year ago) link

"tonight" has a kind of static vocal melody that reminds me of older angel olsen song but the strings are devastating and unskippable. "endgame" seems of a piece with "choice" with me, two gorgeous classic-sounding melodies right alongside each other

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 11:50 (one year ago) link

er "chance"*

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 11:50 (one year ago) link

i spoke maybe too soon, 'endgame' sounded better this go around. 'tonight' is a hard sell but given how much i like the rest of the album it'll have no choice but to grow on me idk

imago, Wednesday, 9 October 2019 11:52 (one year ago) link

maintain that those first four tracks are where this album goes from good to mindblowing

imago, Wednesday, 9 October 2019 11:54 (one year ago) link

they're all stunners that's for sure

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 11:56 (one year ago) link

all the ways that "all mirrors" reminds me of new order
the bleary guitars at the end of "too easy"
everything about "new love cassette," walk around the block in the crisp fall air to this one

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 11:59 (one year ago) link

'all mirrors' gave me vibes of the teardrop explodes - the great dominions, it does that melodic postpunk thing so smartly, gr8 bassline too

imago, Wednesday, 9 October 2019 12:00 (one year ago) link

First four tracks are indeed hard to top but it doesn't feel frontloaded.

pomenitul, Thursday, 10 October 2019 09:42 (one year ago) link

"too easy" is one of the weaker tracks imo (though by no means bad)

ufo, Thursday, 10 October 2019 10:50 (one year ago) link

Couldn't get into this. Nothing interesting about the melodies imo and is takes itself too serious and too dramatic for my taste at least.
Overhyped? Time will tell. I might be wrong of course.

nostormo, Thursday, 10 October 2019 10:55 (one year ago) link

Maybe it’s not fair to blame overhypedness on anything other than the hypers

brimstead, Thursday, 10 October 2019 15:20 (one year ago) link

not to make excuses but the overcompression on this makes it feel almost uncomfortably intimate doesn't it? cld do w/o e.g. the crackling at the end of "lark" but otherwise the effect's actually great

lowercase (eric), Sunday, 13 October 2019 13:09 (one year ago) link

There are some good songs on this but my Lord it is slow as molasses. Hey Angel, loosen up, kid. Swing, baby!

kornrulez6969, Monday, 14 October 2019 22:37 (one year ago) link

Hey Angel, loosen up, kid. Swing, baby!

― kornrulez6969, Monday, October 14, 2019 3:37 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

cf. "what it is"

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 15:10 (one year ago) link

'Summer' rules.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 15 October 2019 15:15 (one year ago) link

first couple listens, i was put off a bit by the Congleton crunch, but i've really fallen head over heels for this record. besides the justly-praised opening four tracks, my favorites are 'chance' (very twin peaks-y) and 'what it is' (would never in a million years have expected her to write a song with a shuffle beat but she did and it sounds so great)

thicc elizabeth (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 23 October 2019 18:04 (one year ago) link

Spring is basically a Beach House track

nostormo, Wednesday, 23 October 2019 20:00 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

Anyone seen her on her present tour? I'm about to go tonight and I'm both excited and curious to see how arrangements will work.

Van Horn Street, Monday, 18 November 2019 19:20 (one year ago) link

Seeing her in a couple weeks

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 01:49 (one year ago) link

I saw the first show of the tour. She was super-apologetic about it being their first show, and kept saying "this is rehearsal for us," though it sounded okay to me. I hadn't listened much to the new album at that time, so I couldn't really play spot the differences, but the string parts came across well.

She's also got a fancy new lighting rig, which was a highlight (heh).

handsome boy modelling software (bernard snowy), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 10:40 (one year ago) link

is there anything better than this album

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 20 November 2019 14:35 (one year ago) link

I saw her for the first time last night and she was really great. Fun stage presence with lots of chatter, coy then bubbly at times, overall very confident presentation - this was exactly the show she wants to put on.

I only recognized three songs (All Mirrors, Sister, Shut Up Kiss Me) because I haven't engaged with the new album enough to really differentiate the songs (which might be partly the fault of the album in that it doesn't seem as varied as the predecessor). Her voice is something else. Very impressive live. Seven piece band and light show were fantastic. The screen behind the band with the staircase kept reminding me of the cover of She Hangs Brightly.

Mazzy Tsar (PBKR), Sunday, 24 November 2019 15:28 (one year ago) link

She played "Sister"?? I envy you

handsome boy modelling software (bernard snowy), Monday, 25 November 2019 02:38 (one year ago) link

Yeah her on stage presence is some of the most charismatic I’ve seen. Every All Mirrors song was an emotional rush, the older songs weren’t quite as powerful imo, except that one from her first record which played beautifully within the set. Also the Mark Ronson cover at the end was a lot of fun.

Van Horn Street, Monday, 25 November 2019 16:27 (one year ago) link

She played "Sister"?? I envy you

Yeah, it is the song I was most wanting to hear. <3 it so much.

Mazzy Tsar (PBKR), Monday, 25 November 2019 17:22 (one year ago) link

Ok, I just got All Mirrors on vinyl. Between this and seeing her live I am on board with the new album. It's very maximalist even in its quieter moments.

Mazzy Tsar (PBKR), Sunday, 1 December 2019 00:12 (one year ago) link

I'm having trouble getting into this one still - the arrangements have a "hat on a hat" quality for me - but I do want to rep for her song on the Mark Ronson album

Simon H., Thursday, 5 December 2019 14:31 (one year ago) link

I listened as intensely as I did to the second Big Thief album, but the Olsen couldn't hold itself together in my mind.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 5 December 2019 14:53 (one year ago) link

i do not get people that don’t get this album, alfred’s allergy to her whole career excepted

american bradass (BradNelson), Thursday, 5 December 2019 15:23 (one year ago) link

I only mention BT because I spent a week in October incessantly playing both.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 5 December 2019 15:28 (one year ago) link

Saw her last night in LA and she was terrific.

She did a cover of a jazz standard at the end that didn’t recognize. I think she said it was by Mildred or Meredith someone? Was anyone else there or did she play it elsewhere on her tour? My wife and I wanted to look up the original.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 6 December 2019 17:22 (one year ago) link

i saw her last night and she did indeed play that last song which was a cover of a song that i didn't recognize and i don't remember the name. the fact that she's playing it often means hopefully you'll be able to find mention of it somewhere online.

show was great, she is very good live, voice sounds wonderful.

i am still not a huuuuge fan, because i just don't really love that many of her songs, but it was a v good show to see and if you really like her records you should go see her play.

#FBPIRA (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 11 December 2019 18:52 (one year ago) link

just by combing she seems to mostly end with "True Blue" but that is decidedly not a jazz standard so idk

Simon H., Wednesday, 11 December 2019 18:59 (one year ago) link

oh wait, i think she played that song as the penultimate song before doing a full band encore (i was drunk)

#FBPIRA (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 11 December 2019 19:01 (one year ago) link

I was at that show too lol. Very accurate review!

jesus is zing (symsymsym), Thursday, 12 December 2019 10:09 (one year ago) link

i looked it up and the jazz standard is "more than you know", with the version she referred to being the mildred bailey one

ufo, Thursday, 12 December 2019 10:34 (one year ago) link

Amazing, thank you for identifying that!

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 13 December 2019 04:45 (one year ago) link

eight months pass...
two weeks pass...

Angel Olsen released a new album today called Whole New Mess:

the future is now, Saturday, 29 August 2020 02:18 (four months ago) link

This had been billed as an alternate version of All Mirrors but honestly it just feels like demos.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Saturday, 29 August 2020 15:39 (four months ago) link

I love her voice and it's amazingly strong, so I don't know why she always puts such heavy treatments on it.

trunk's full of pearl and lonestar (PBKR), Saturday, 29 August 2020 18:41 (four months ago) link

really enjoying the new record more than All Mirrors

winters (josh), Sunday, 30 August 2020 07:52 (four months ago) link

i never really got into all mirrors, the arrangements just kept me admiring at a distance instead of being really into it. this unfortunately feels the same way with that cavernous reverb

ufo, Sunday, 30 August 2020 10:34 (four months ago) link

Agree w/ufo. Somehow the music videos made my experiences listening to All Mirrors feel incomplete, as though the songs were made for the visuals and not the other way round. On first listen I prefer this.

Indexed, Wednesday, 2 September 2020 15:13 (four months ago) link

anyone else preferring Whole New Mess to All Mirrors?

winters (josh), Sunday, 13 September 2020 04:10 (four months ago) link

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