It is a special kind of day when you get to announce the signing of an artist as talented and all-consuming as Angel Olsen. Her voice is an incredibly strange, yet warmly inviting instrument always positioned at the forefront of her songs. The St. Louis raised, now Chicago-based singer began experimenting with her voice at a young age, recording tapes and then teaching herself to harmonize with those recordings. That process — of listening and recording and listening and recording — has imbued her music with a confidence and wisdom that extends as much to her arrangements as to the voice that defines her music.
And it’s little surprise, then, that her work is inspired by what she describes as “being home, feeling home within yourself. Simple things like homes and existence and death and birth.” Her music is defined by many of the same signposts by which folk music first defined itself — resonant images, bold voices, deeply human tones. And so Olsen is, to turn a phrase, bringing it all back home.
Enough with the words! With all of this, it’s best you just hear what exactly we are talking about. Watch Angel perform “Miranda” live at Grand Street Bakery – video below. You’ll also find Angel’s forthcoming tour dates listed at the end of the post. Read the rest of this entry »