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Angel Olsen — Phases (10th Nov., 2017) ♠♠♠ “Olsen’s vocal technique is unorthodox, guttural, nearly feral at times. She has evidently never had a singing lesson, and that’s not a complaint, because her wildness is utterly compelling.” — Jennifer Kelly
♠♠ Anyone reckless enough to have typecast Angel Olsen according to 2013’s ‘Burn Your Fire For No Witness’ is in for a sizable surprise with her third album, ‘MY WOMAN’. The crunchier, blown~out production of the former is gone, but that fire is now burning wilder. Raised in St. Louis and relocated to Chicago, this indie folk singer/songwriter worked with the Cairo Gang and Will Oldham before striking out solo.
♠♠ Phases, out worldwide Nov 10, is a collection of work culled from the past several years, including the new song “Special” recorded during the My Woman sessions, as well as “Fly On Your Wall” — previously available on the bandcamp~only, anti~Trump compilation Our First 100 Days. The collection also features never before heard demos, as well as B~Sides, Rarities, and Covers from various elusive releases throughout the years.
Born: January 22, 1987
Born & raised: in St. Louis, Missouri
Instruments: Vocals, guitar
Location: Asheville, North Carolina
Album release: 10 november, 2017
Record Label: Jagjaguwar
01. Fly On Your Wall 3:38
02. Special 7:21
03. Only With You
04. All Right Now
06. Sweet Dreams
08. Tougher Than the Rest
09. For You
10. How Many Disasters
11. May as Well
12. Endless Road Description:
♠ How do you best describe Angel Olsen? From the lo~fi, sparse folk~melancholy of her 2010 EP, Strange Cacti, to the electrified, polished rock ‘n’ roll bursting from 2016’s beloved and acclaimed MY WOMAN, Olsen has refused to succumb to a single genre, expectation, or vision. Impossible to pin down, Olsen navigates the world with her remarkable, symphonic voice and a propensity for narrative, her music growing into whatever shape best fits to tell the story.
♠ Phases is a collection of Olsen’s work culled from the past several years, including a number of never~before~released tracks. “Fly On Your Wall,” previously contributed to the Bandcamp~only, anti~Trump fundraiser Our First 100 Days, opens Phases, before seamlessly slipping into “Special,” a brand new song from the MY WOMAN recording sessions. Both “How Many Disasters” and “Sans” are first~time listens: home~recorded demos that have never been released, leaning heavily on Olsen’s arresting croon and lonesome guitar.
♠ The b~sides compilation is both a testament to Olsen’s enormous musical range and a tidy compilation of tracks that have previously been elusive in one way or another. Balancing tenacity and tenderness, Phases acts as a deep~dive for longtime fans, as well as a fitting introduction to Olsen’s sprawling sonics for the uninitiated.
♠ Half Way Home (LP edition) Sept 2012, Bathetic Records.
♠ Burn Your Fire for No Witness (CD/LP/Cassette) February 2014, Jagjaguwar (for cd/lp) and Bathetic (limited cassette pressing)
♠ My Woman September 2016, Jagjaguwar. (UK #40)
♠ Phases (10th Nov., 2017)
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