Angel Olsen

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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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

really liking this record

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

Yes, it's a beauty.

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

two weeks pass...

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

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

I haven't heard the debut yet but this new one is fantastic.

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 17 September 2014 10:31 (four years ago) Permalink

I've listened to the debut a couple of times and find it inconsistent and eventually annoying. The broader sound palette of BYF makes it much more interesting to me. Ymmv.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 17 September 2014 11:13 (four years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

Never got into Burn Your Fire but it's really mostly the fault of the mixing/production imo. I still seek out videos of her performing, where you get a clearer sound. Def want to see live. Really feel like this lo-fi aesthetic does her a disservice.

my jaw left (Hurting 2), Thursday, 16 October 2014 14:21 (four years ago) Permalink

How on earth is Burn Your Fire lo-fi beyond the opening acoustic track?

Simon H., Thursday, 16 October 2014 14:24 (four years ago) Permalink

maybe it's a stretch to call it "lo fi," I just mean all that mic distortion and loose barely-turned-up guitar amp distortion. Not a fan of that sound.

my jaw left (Hurting 2), Thursday, 16 October 2014 15:23 (four years ago) Permalink

Over the last year Burn your Fire has become a firm friend. I put it on when I need someone to listen to my gripes and then when I need someone to hear me yelling at the shit and piss. Strangely, I don't have many real friends. Just this. A bunch of coded files in my phone.

Hinklepicker, Thursday, 16 October 2014 18:51 (four years ago) Permalink

Some days I think this is my favorite album of the year

Evan R, Thursday, 16 October 2014 19:39 (four years ago) Permalink

I actually find some tracks have grown on me a little now

my jaw left (Hurting 2), Thursday, 16 October 2014 19:52 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

tried several times (cuz she's the hometown hero) but can't get into it. fantastic voice though.

a million little treeshes (rip van wanko), Thursday, 4 December 2014 21:20 (four years ago) Permalink

sometimes I feel like the degree to which she perfected her style outstrips the quality of her songs a little

18th Century Celebrity WS of Shame (Hurting 2), Thursday, 4 December 2014 21:24 (four years ago) Permalink

her musical style I mean -- her sound etc.

18th Century Celebrity WS of Shame (Hurting 2), Thursday, 4 December 2014 21:24 (four years ago) Permalink

Agree that the general feel of the record and sound of/conviction in Olsen's voice are the big draws here, but the songs hold their own. The best of them are as pointed as any I've heard this year.

Evan R, Thursday, 4 December 2014 21:46 (four years ago) Permalink

burn your fire... is my favorite record of 2014

j. winters (josh), Thursday, 4 December 2014 22:07 (four years ago) Permalink

sometimes I feel like the degree to which she perfected her style outstrips the quality of her songs a little

― 18th Century Celebrity WS of Shame (Hurting 2), Thursday, December 4, 2014 3:24 PM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i think that's accurate for a lot of her songs. she's pretty mesmerizing in person, but many of the songs are kind of meandering and not very memorable

I dunno. (amateurist), Thursday, 4 December 2014 22:55 (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, July 17, 2013 9:23 AM (1 year ago)

the band backup, w/ the rock numbers, brings this out more - minimizes tendencies toward affectedness that were there in the last record too

j., Thursday, 11 December 2014 16:27 (four years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

all that mic distortion and loose barely-turned-up guitar amp distortion. Not a fan of that sound

that is what makes it fire

j., Monday, 27 April 2015 01:27 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Yes!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nleRCBhLr3k

Evan R, Wednesday, 29 June 2016 20:34 (two years ago) Permalink

SO GOOD

j. winters (josh), Wednesday, 29 June 2016 22:02 (two years ago) Permalink

I saw her the other week and the show was a little disappointing but my hopes for this album are sky high anyway. This song rules.

Evan R, Wednesday, 29 June 2016 22:59 (two years ago) Permalink

both of these new tunes are pretty great

tylerw, Wednesday, 29 June 2016 23:00 (two years ago) Permalink

It's not grabbing me. I got really excited in the first minute but was hoping she'd open up her voice a bit. I like the departure from the last album but her vocals feel more restrained than they should be.

Benjamin-, Thursday, 30 June 2016 07:36 (two years ago) Permalink

Disregard me. Just jaded. Saw Kevin Morby and Big Thief earlier. Bored out of my mind. Austin is boring. I need to move back to Colorado.

Okay, I'm out.

Benjamin-, Thursday, 30 June 2016 07:39 (two years 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

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

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

Her band is so good on those long tracks like "Special" and "Sister" - it doesn't seem like the kind of music that demands three electric guitars but there's space for each of them to do something and the way they build tension is fantastic.

Listening to those two back to back makes me appreciate the rougher edges of "Special" even more.

louise ck (milo z), Monday, 30 October 2017 08:09 (one year ago) Permalink

another song from the new collection
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kI_4c-LJ9Xc

louise ck (milo z), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 08:46 (one year ago) Permalink

live version
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWTDDr-EYTM

louise ck (milo z), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 08:48 (one year ago) Permalink

"special"!

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 10 November 2017 02:17 (one year ago) Permalink

Anyone into the new one?

Week of Wonders (Ross), Sunday, 12 November 2017 04:14 (one year ago) Permalink

I was very taken by the cover art of the new one, so I gave it a spin last night and geeked out when I discovered there was a cover of "Tougher Than the Rest" on it.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 12 November 2017 04:17 (one year ago) Permalink

ooh, tougher than the rest cover you say...

listening now, this is (at least from tttr onwards) very understated, like her first albums, she really has something very special about her that make these simple acoustic guitar songs spellbinding

niels, Sunday, 12 November 2017 10:22 (one year ago) Permalink

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

some of angel olsen's songs are just fucking incredible. i love the psychedelic guitar sounds on this one.

treeship 2, Sunday, 26 November 2017 05:21 (one year ago) Permalink

love it

In a slipshod style (Ross), Sunday, 26 November 2017 05:23 (one year ago) Permalink

"sister" off the last album is a song i play a lot and think about a lot. "All my life I thought I'd change"

treeship 2, Sunday, 26 November 2017 05:32 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Sweet dreams rules. Orbison-Chris Isaac vibe with some dirty rock n roll

kolakube (Ross), Thursday, 8 February 2018 20:12 (ten months ago) Permalink

I had never heard her Springsteen cover, not sure I like the alone in a laundry room vibe to it. Also, I think she changes a minor chord to a major chord, which really alters the mood dramatically for me.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 8 February 2018 20:32 (ten months ago) Permalink

My current fave Angel Olsen track is 'The Waiting' off the first record. Glorious song.

cajunsunday, Thursday, 8 February 2018 20:38 (ten months ago) Permalink

Hey josh, alone in a laundry room is a good comparison. Ymmv but the latter half of the record is in that vein and a total bummer. First half is fairly solid tho

kolakube (Ross), Thursday, 8 February 2018 20:45 (ten months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Phases is good. I was wrong. Good record for unwinding.

done and dusted (Ross), Friday, 4 May 2018 06:10 (seven months ago) Permalink

five months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZFfyaS65tc

angel sings backing here, album debuted at 25 on alternative chart according to the comments :)

montoya (Ross), Sunday, 7 October 2018 17:15 (two months ago) Permalink

i think sister is one of the best songs i've ever heard

Trϵϵship, Sunday, 7 October 2018 17:28 (two months ago) Permalink

indeed

montoya (Ross), Sunday, 7 October 2018 17:30 (two months ago) Permalink

i should listen to phases again. it didn't grip me like "my woman" but it's possible that's my fault. she's really brilliant.

Trϵϵship, Sunday, 7 October 2018 17:38 (two months ago) Permalink

phases is a tough sell, i posted about it ad nauseam earlier so will try not to repeat myself but it dovetails in the second half into a real downer of a record - sparse, ragged acoustic and more like her earlier material. by the end of the album i was done with my hard liquor and felt like dying, it is a real bummer.

montoya (Ross), Sunday, 7 October 2018 17:40 (two months ago) Permalink

interesting. she's one of those songwriters who really makes you feel what she wants you to feel so i can imagine if she wanted to she could really pummel her listeners with despair.

Trϵϵship, Sunday, 7 October 2018 17:41 (two months ago) Permalink

totally! give it a second chance perhaps :)

also the first few tracks are fire so it may be unfair to expect the rest to follow suit, and it is a bsides collection as well.

montoya (Ross), Sunday, 7 October 2018 17:43 (two months ago) Permalink

I had never heard her Springsteen cover, not sure I like the alone in a laundry room vibe to it. Also, I think she changes a minor chord to a major chord, which really alters the mood dramatically for me.

― Josh in Chicago, Thursday, February 8, 2018 4:32 PM (seven months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

great post

montoya (Ross), Sunday, 7 October 2018 18:38 (two months ago) Permalink


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