The most notable element of Angel Olsen‘s sophomore release, Half Way Home (2012), is her distinct voice. And on this element she capitalizes throughout the album, playing down the instrumentation to an almost inaudible level.
This doesn’t mean Olsen can’t pick things up. “Lonely Universe” stands out on Half Way Home with actual percussion and a hint of electric guitar. In a way it can be likened to early work by Sharon Van Etten. The same can be said about “Tiniest Seed”, the album’s phenomenal closing track.
Already Angel has been hard at work in 2013 with new single Sleepwalker, which features the stunning “Sweet Dreams”. With a substantially louder sound, “Sweet Dreams” is a bit of a turning point with a heavier, grungier guitar; yet her voice remains just as distinct (if not more so) than when it’s just Olsen and a soft guitar.
In April, Angel Olsen will bring these mystical vocals to the Northwest, hitting the PNW in mid/late April, with dates in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver. Jump down for all her West Coast dates in April.
But first, listen to “Tiniest Seed”.
Now check out two acclaimed videos of Olsen’s recent work including “Tiniest Seed” and “Sweet Dreams” below.
April 6: Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco, CA
April 7: Crepe Place in Santa Cruz, CA
April 8: The Echo in Los Angeles, CA
April 9: Casbah in San Diego, CA
April 10: Trunk Space in Phoenix, AZ
April 12: Solar Culture in Tucson, AZ
April 14: Hi-Dive in Denver, CO
April 15: Kilby Court in Salt Lake City, UT
April 16: Neurolux in Boise, ID
April 18: Bunk Bar in Portland, OR
April 19: Barboza in Seattle, WA
April 21: Media Club in Vancouver, BC
April 24: Bows & Arrows in Sacramento, CA