Angel Olsen released Burn Your Fire for No Witness on February 18th to high regard. A somewhat boozy, melancholy entry, some of the first images and associations I felt were Jefferson Airplane performing “white rabbit” on the Smothers Brothers comedy hour. I thought of a Nancy Sinatra, a Diana Krall, or a smoky, crimson Lykke Li.
What is at times a churning and drum-driven anthem of love and scuzzed out tracks, “forgiven/forgotten,” is later a fragile song like “Enemy.” Angel Olsen alone with a caressed guitar; the sound of half-empty Sunday morning sheets where once the covers were filled with pillow talk on lazy days.
Angel whispers as often as she bellows. She hits those crackling high notes on her way through quivering tones like red wine, full-bodied.
Her voice and lyrics drip with emotion. Often is the singer or the artist that simply tells through instruments and words a tale. Rarely is the emotion, heartbreak, or defiance translated through the tone alone. Olsen sounds like each track feels.
Burn Your Fire for No Witness is a pure translation of the songs made during a life lived in Chicago. There was time before that era became an album, but with her producer’s support Olsen was able to simply create an album with little fussing over or meddling with those original, pure songs.
Songs to look forward to seeing live on the 5th: “Forgiven/Forgotten,” “Enemy,” “Stars,” and “Windows.”
Angel Olsen is joined by Irish guitarist and composer Cian Nugent. Inspired by genres from jazz to 60’s and 70’s singer/songwriters, Nugent paints scenes and landscapes with instrumentation that compels even though eerie at times; like walking up to your lonely cottage home in the hills to find the door you didn’t leave open, open.
Sun. March 2 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex
Mon. March 3 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
Wed. March 5 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Thu. March 6 – Vancouver, BC @ Media Club
Fri. March 7 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Sat. March 8 – Moscow, ID @ Mikey’s Gyros
Mon. March 10 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
Sun. March 23 – Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
Tue. March 25 – London, UK @ Dingwalls
Wed. March 26 – Paris, FR @ Divan Du Monde [LFSM Festival]
Thu. March 27 – Amiens, FR @ La Lune des Pirates [LFSM Festival]
Fri. March 28 – Koeln, DE @ King George
Sat. March 29 – Berlin, DE @ Hau 1
Sun. March 30 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
Mon. March 31 – Stockholm, SE @ Scandic Grand Central
Tue. April 1 – Oslo, NO @ Cafe Mono
Wed. April 2 – Goteborg, SE @ Pustervik
Thu. April 3 – Hamburg, DE @ Haus 73 / Kleiner Donner
Fri. April 4 – Leuven, BE @ Stuk
Sat. April 5 – Rotterdam, NL @ Motel Mozaique
Sun. April 6 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso