Angel Olsen

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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) link

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) 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 (five 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 (five years ago) link

two months pass...

really liking this record

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

Yes, it's a beauty.

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

two weeks pass...

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

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

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

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 17 September 2014 10:31 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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) link

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) link

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) link

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) link

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

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

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) link

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) link

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) link

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) link

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) link

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

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

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) 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, 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) link

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 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

Yes!

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

Evan R, Wednesday, 29 June 2016 20:34 (three years ago) link

SO GOOD

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

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 (three years ago) link

both of these new tunes are pretty great

tylerw, Wednesday, 29 June 2016 23:00 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

how am i just finding out about her :(

jason waterfalls (gbx), Sunday, 10 July 2016 17:20 (three years ago) link

big thief rules

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Sunday, 10 July 2016 19:48 (three years ago) link

shut up kiss me is incredible but i will prob avoid her other stuff as i suspect it wont compete.

StillAdvance, Monday, 11 July 2016 11:49 (three years ago) link

that's ridiculous
if you like one of her songs, you should listen to more of her songs

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 11 July 2016 12:45 (three years ago) link

what other song would convert a newbie?

StillAdvance, Monday, 11 July 2016 12:57 (three years ago) link

idk, she seems to have a whole new look/'tude with the video for that song
i guess it depends on what you like about it
i am not an angel olsen expert, maybe someone else has a better idea but i would suggest listening to songs from the new album if you like that one

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 11 July 2016 13:11 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

album is pretty great on first listen, especially love 'woman' and 'those were the days'

ufo, Saturday, 30 July 2016 05:51 (three years ago) link

god "sister" fucks me up each and every time

j. winters (josh), Wednesday, 10 August 2016 02:37 (three years ago) link

She tones down the gothic-Johnny Cash vibe of the last album, which was key for me.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 10 August 2016 13:50 (three years ago) link

you mean that like its a good thing or bad?

peanutbuttereverysingleday, Thursday, 11 August 2016 06:01 (three years ago) link

It's not that it's a *bad* thing, but that Gothhy Cash vibe made her last record stand out from the pack for me. The new record is solid but doesn't reach the same heights as "Burn Your Fire".

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 11 August 2016 20:58 (three years ago) link

i love the new record. just pre-ordered it, actually, after hearing the leak. it is steadier paced and a bit less angry and depressing, so if that's not what you want then you might prefer her last one. but both are great imo.

davey, Thursday, 11 August 2016 21:08 (three years ago) link

im going to get this thing anyways cos i am hooked like a goldfish on her thing but yep i liked the flashes of anger on burn your fire but i guess if you havent got any of it then you cant fake it

peanutbuttereverysingleday, Friday, 12 August 2016 04:22 (three years ago) link

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

Trϵϵship, Sunday, 7 October 2018 17:28 (eleven months ago) link

indeed

montoya (Ross), Sunday, 7 October 2018 17:30 (eleven months ago) link

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 (eleven months ago) link

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 (eleven months ago) link

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 (eleven months ago) link

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 (eleven months ago) link

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 (eleven months ago) link

nine months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jjt698Zv5jQ

new album All Mirrors out October 4, produced by John Congleton

the single is really good, love the blend of synths and orchestration. it's a shift in sound (but not songwriting) but it makes a lot of sense after the last one

ufo, Tuesday, 30 July 2019 13:13 (one month ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuJ2yitJI_U

oh and i guess her song with mark ronson from recently never got posted here, it's pretty nice

ufo, Tuesday, 30 July 2019 13:22 (one month ago) link

i've been listening to the Ronson/Olsen track every day this summer

josh winters (josh), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 05:45 (one month ago) link

everything seems to indicate this is going to be her goth album i'm excited

ufo, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 08:40 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uaN60k0-zY

wow

ufo, Thursday, 12 September 2019 15:13 (one week ago) link

Wow. That was dramatic.

hot dog go to bathroom (cajunsunday), Thursday, 12 September 2019 20:56 (one week ago) link

catchy -_-

fremmes with neppavenettes (rip van wanko), Thursday, 12 September 2019 21:22 (one week ago) link


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