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Video: Angel Olsen – Windows

As mentioned, Angel Olsen is releasing a deluxe version of her stunning Burn Your Fire For No Witness today featuring five previously unheard songs, all of them worth giving a few spins. To mark the occasion, she also premiered the video for “Windows” – the gorgeous closing track on the original release. In the video, Olsen is getting her face painted in an old house by two children before suddenly appearing clothed in full Elizabethan costume.

You can read our review of Burn Your Fire Fore No Witness here.

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Angel Olsen – May As Well / All Right Now

Burn Your Fire For No Witness wasn’t so much a complete overhaul of Angel Olsen’s sound as an expansion of it. While most probably remember it for the rawer and riff-heavier songs like “Forgiven/Forgotten”, “Stars” and “Hi-Five”, there were a handful of fragile, sparsely arranged moments that – as I already mention in the review – made the record such a magnificent grower. These emotionally draining and complex slow-burners somehow felt denser and more rugged (and still no less intimate) than much of her earlier efforts.

Jagjaguwar is conveniently reissuing a deluxe version of Burn Your Fire For No Witness on November 18 – just in time for Christmas shoppings and the yearly wrap ups – and will contain five bonus tracks including “All Right Now” and “May As Well”, both of them now available for streaming above and below. Sound wise, the pair takes of where these above mentioned somber, slower-paced beauties like “Iota” and “Enemy” left us. And similarly, there is a sense of directness and candor to these arrangements that sound raw, bleeding and open-hearted – all at once. The cynic in me might not be the biggest fan of deluxe reissues – least of all the very same year – but as long as more people get a chance to discover (or re-discover) the beauty of this album, who am I to disagree.

 

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Angel Olsen – HI-FIVE

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Following the relentless adrenaline rush that was ”Forgiven/Forgotten”, Angel Olsen returns with another stunner. I’ve already added Burn Your Fire For No Witness to the list of important early releases of 2014, and “HI-FIVE” perfectly articulates why. Although with less force than on “Forgiven/Forgotten”, Olsen continues to drift even further from Half Way Home’s downcast acoustics by embracing a rawer garage-rock styled potency with a helping hand from The Paper Chase’s John Congleton. Jagjagwar could hardly have made a better decision than to sign Olsen. Burn Your Fire For No Witness is out on February 18.

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Angel Olsen – Forgiven/Forgotten

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Angel Olsen first offering since signing to Jagjaguwar completely caught me off-guard. Much like her label-mate Sharon Van Etten, Olsen started out as an intimate folk singer, using sparsely arranged acoustics as a backing for her beautiful siren-like vocals, but “Forgiven/Forgotten” is anything but serene. Instead what she offers is a relentless adrenaline rush of punkish guitars and orderly chaos. Over the course of the tracks two short minutes, Olsen shows the intensity and range of her voice while rushing headlong towards its inevitable conclusion; “I don’t know anything! But I love you”.

While I highly regard last year’s breathtakingly gorgeous Half Way Home, I can only say that I more than welcome this new change of pace. Olsen’s new album is titled Burn Your Fire For No Witness and is due out February 18.