On February 18, Chicago based singer-songwriter Angel Olsen will release Burn Your Fire For No Witness, the follow-up to her 2012 LP, Half Way Home. Half Way Home grabbed quite a bit of attention in 2012, due in no small part to Olsen’s unique singing style. Olsen’s voice is unique and captivating, changing octaves and throwing her voice around almost unpredictably.
Olsen’s résumé is an interesting one, starting out ar 16, Olsen played coffee shops in her then home town of St. Lous, Missouri. After moving to Chicago, Olsen gained further recognition for working with Bonnie “Prince” Billy, and The Cairo Gang. With Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Olsen recorded vocals for his 2011 album Wolfroy Goes To Town.
In 2011, Olsen released a cassette-only, limited release album, Strange Cacti, which is a low-fi recording, featuring mostly just Olsen’s voice and an acoustic guitar, run through a lot of reverb. Her 2012 record, Half Way Home is a better way to get acquainted with Olsen and her music. The songs here range from acoustic folk songs to rhythm and blues and country influenced tracks. Upon release, Half Way Home drew comparisons to Joanna Newsom, Sharon Van Etten, and even Jason Molina, all fair comparisons.
Her upcoming album, Burn Your Fire For No Witness is shaping up to be a bit different, two tracks, “Hi-Five” and “Forgiven/Forgotten” have been released so far from the album, both feature Olsen’s distinctive voice, but they rock quite a bit more, it was surprising at first listen, but the songs are great, and I am eagerly awaiting February 18th.
Here’s “Hi-Five” from Burn Your Fire For No Witness
And here’s “Forgiven/Forgotten” from Burn Your Fire For No Witness
And here is “The Waiting” off of her 2012 album, Half Way Home
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