In times like these, a sister is a valuable companion. Olsen followed this up two years later with Burn Your Fire For No Witness, which saw her come a lot more into her own with regards to her songwriting ability. I am constantly amazed by Olsens vocals and the way she works with her band to create the most kickass sounds. It was released as a single, and it certainly got me excited at the prospect of a full synthpop album. . What's so wrong with the light? It serves as a touchstone throughout life.
Since her last album Half Way Home was released a little over a year ago, Olsen seems to have settled in to a commendable niche, with its follow up building on the ground there laid not only in terms of the additional instrumentation, but in the way her ideas are delivered in a manner that's now bracingly to the point. What are some of your favourite examples of artists making significant thematic shifts to their songs? Her previous albums, the charming and tight Half Way Home 2012 and the stunningly sombre Burn Your Fire For No Witness 2014 , displayed an emotional girl with a voice that kicked ass and broke hearts. Songs like Never Be Mine and Heart Shaped Face are gonna affect you even if you don't get the feminist undertones on the album. The song is almost 8 minutes of pure aesthetic heaven. Though it's true that the moments when Burn Your Fire grows from hushed confessionals to grandiose cacophonies in the space of a single song are few and far between, when they do arrive, they're outstanding. For the most part, it's an album of two distinct kinds of song — quiet ones and louder ones, with the former very rarely morphing in to the latter. Has similar heartbreak happened in your life? Won't you open a sometime? It made me completely obsessed with that song to the point that I wouldn't listen to anything else from this album.
In one respect, Olsen might have more to hide behind on Burn Your Fire, with this being the first record she's ever made with a full band. We can hear what is probably a synth, but sounds more like a string section being played through a gramophone in a totally pretty way , delicately ebb and flow. She realizes that no matter what has happened and will happen, she's almost marred by this relationship, and finds that she's back at square one, except with constant reminders and painful memories. Paak all this year, and loved all their records, but I haven't had such an impactful first listen of an album this year. I got into Car Seat Headrest, Kero Kero Bonito, and Anderson.
I was pulled in and this album only gets better each listen, I love listening it straight through. I'm struggling to name artists at this point and I don't know why, haha. It's definitely something new for Angel, but her voice remains just as powerful and full of emotion as ever. Shut Up Kiss Me, Sister, Woman are all in my top tracks for this year. What's so with the light? Wind in your hair, sun in your eyes Light Light We our down We must our down We live and our down It's how we get around In the sun In the sun Why can't you see? If she can channel some of the intensity of those passages in to her heavier sections, her music could transform from something you root for in the face of life's woes, to a sound that fears nothing. And when the instrumentation picks up towards the end, it not only compliments but competes with the direct intensity of the song.
I was shocked when I found out Woman was almost the same length as Sister because I never looked at the time length and would play the songs. It's bettered by the remarkable 'High Five', which comes across like a crunchy country song given a lo-fi, psychedelic twist and could be the work of an angrier Nina Nastasia. Have you posted about it in the general discussion like everyone else in the world? The emotions conveyed on this album along with her utterly powerful and gorgeous vocals are stunning. Each time I listen to it I still can't feel its length and I think that's amazing because of how well paced that song is. As for being better or worse, I will say I listened to her entire discography, and I prefer her songwriting on My Woman to anything she's done. I am an emotional wreck of a person and I turn to indie music and for comfort because I am both too good and too far gone for actual help.
Have you posted about it in the general discussion like everyone else in the world? Album Review by No one likes to be typecast, not even if said type produces fantastic results for them. I eventually ended up getting the record signed by her the following week, and I told her that I honestly haven't listened to anything she made before this, but it was something that profoundly affected me from the get go. It just seemed like a pretty random comment. I think this point can be argued, especially on the track Woman, which feels like this defense of her gender with a lot of the lyrics in the second part of the song. I like learning bits of trivia. They're hinted at in the guttural guitars and drums that sound like they're being played in a cathedral on 'Dance Slow Decades', but you're made to wait right till closing time for the pay off. What's so with the light? I really enjoyed The Radio Dept.
She expresses her realization through her pretty yet bold vintage singing style that can be compared similarly to the likes of Stevie Nicks. I did a review for my school paper around its release This album is a definite in my top five for the year. And, yet, there's another track. Do you relate to this record? But the assertive act in itself of pushing fear away is extraordinarily liberating. I'm surprised I enjoyed it as much as I did, but everything is so tight and delivered so well any traces of cliche really fade away.
Though it's largely devoid of the vocal idiosyncrasies that put off a few less hardy listeners in the past, this is a record that drips with personality. Seems like the kind of thing Archer would say. The lyrics throughout are so sad but so full of hope, it's bittersweet, it hurts in a good way kinky , and it really speaks to me. I needed to hear this on wax. Angel Olsen delivers a stunning long lasting impression until the very last second while expressing a combination of human loneliness, wavy thought patterns, desires and revelations that is sure to suffice the soundtrack of the soul. This is one of my favorite records of all times tbh, I have embraced such a strong bond with her art I cannot and I won't hesitate too much to say that her work, once again, gave me life, literally.
For some, trying to escape the narrative others are writing for them proves too difficult, but for me the truly exceptional move past it and produce something even better. Progression is a great thing to hear in any artist's work, and there's plenty of that to the largely excellent Burn Your Fire. I find these lyrics extremely potent and infinitely relatable. Ecclesiastes is one of my favorite books of the Bible, and hearing those words in the context of the song provided a very cool twist on them, as they apply to so many situations. As a title, Burn Your Fire For No Witness might on reflection essentially carry no more weight than something like Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway, but Angel Olsen has developed a way of delivering such sentiments that is anything but trite. You can find links to previous writeups and the rest of the schedule in the comments below. Angel has such a great voice that I could listen to all day.