Angel Olsen

MY WOMAN (Jagjaguwar)

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Angel Olsen returns with MY WOMAN, her new album in which she continues to reign over the land between pop personality and elliptical outsider with haunting obliqueness and sophisticated grace. Teased last week with the “Intern” Trailer, MY WOMAN, follows the release of Burn Your Fire for No Witness, one of the most praised albums of 2014, and is out September 2nd on Jagjaguwar. The Angel Olsen six-piece band will tour extensively in support of MY WOMAN throughout North America and Europe beginning in September.

 

On previous releases, Olsen has presented reverb-shrouded poetic swoons, shadowy folk, grunge-pop band workouts and haunting, finger-picked epics. MY WOMAN is an exhilarating complement to her past work, and one for which Olsen recalibrated her writing/recording approach and methods to enter a new music-making phase. The album is put together as a proper A-side and a B-side, featuring the punchier, more pop/rock-oriented songs up front, and the longer, more reflective tracks towards the end. And because these new songs demanded a plurality of voices, Olsen sings in a much broader range of styles – – her disarming, timeless voice is even more front-and-center than before.

 

Olsen wrote some songs on a piano, but later switched it out for synth and/or Mellotron (as on the aforementioned “Intern”). She worked with producer Justin Raisen (Charli XCX, Sky Ferreira, Santigold) and also opted to record live to tape at LA’s historic Vox Studios, bringing in guest guitarist Seth Kauffman to augment her regular band of bass player Emily Elhaj, drummer Joshua Jaeger and guitarist Stewart Bronaugh.

 

Given its title, and track names like “Sister” and “Woman,” it would be easy to read a gender-specific message into MY WOMAN, but Olsen has never played her lyrical content straight. She says the album isn’t necessarily a feminist manifesto, but it does sometimes deal with themes surrounding “the complicated mess of being a woman.” She continues, “I’m definitely using scenes that I’ve replayed in my head, in the same way that I might write a script and manipulate a memory to get it to fit. But I think it’s important that people can interpret things the way that they want to.”

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Tour

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    Feb 18, 2017
    Seattle, WA
    Neptune Theatre