I'm not exactly the world's biggest singer-songwriter fan—particularly of the folk or country variant—but one listen to Angel Olsen's voice has me convinced that she isn't your run-of-the-mill heart-on-her-sleeve troubadour (and there's a lot of competition out there).
A longtime associate of Bonnie "Prince" Billy, she shares his raw-boned, yearning approach, but adds a wider range to the equation. On her first LP, Half Way Home, she brings to mind Emmylou Harris and Vashti Bunyan, and she's got pretty old-fashioned taste, too: Connie Francis, Peter and Gordon, Candy Staton, Aphrodite's Child, etc.
Bit of a show-boater on this live track, but she's got the pipes to back it up.
Two studio selections from the new record below.
Half Way Home and the 2011 EP Strange Cacti are out now on Bathetic Records.