I've liked Angel Olsen for a while now. Her vocals are ghostly and otherworldly. My first introduction to her music was her 2014 album "Burn Your Fire For No Witness". She recently released a new album called "My Woman". This album is a lot more upbeat than her last one. While this one does have melancholic subject matter, it is sung with a new energy and vigor. The first thing I noticed was how bright and sunny these new tracks sounded.
I listened to a radio interview with her last week, where she was talking about this new album. The interviewer asked why this album is so much more upbeat than the last. Angel responded (from what I can remember) that "Burn Your Fire" was a younger album. She likened it to a young adult discovering Dostoyevsky or Kant and spreading that knowledge around everywhere, applying it to all situations with seriousness. This new album, she said, is more adult. She likened it to growing up and taking those lessons with you, but also realizing that life is fun and meant to be enjoyed.
My favorite track from the new album (so far) is "Shut Up And Kiss Me". It showcases her warbling vocals but sets it to an upbeat drumbeat and rich strumming. While listening to the album in its entirety, you can hear it peak in the middle (in terms of energy) and descend back into a more familiar rhythm toward the end.I wasn't expecting this shift in mood, but I think it works well. Overall, I enjoy her new album and can't wait to see what she puts out next.
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