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18Feb/14

VIDEO OF THE DAY: NPR MUSIC TINY DESK CONCERT BY ANGEL OLSEN

“Why am I not ashamed / while I am standing still?” midwestern singer-songwriter Angel Olsen asks on “Enemy,” one of eleven tracks on her brand-new album, Burn Your Fire for No Witness (Jagjaguwar, February 18). Standing still is not Olsen does a whole lot of. Born and raised in St. Louis, Olsen moved to Chicago when she was nineteen and now lives in Asheville, North Carolina. She continues to expand her sound, from her 2011 debut EP, Strange Cacti, to 2012’s widely praised Half Way Home, to Burn Your Fire, the music for which was mostly recorded live with drummer Josh Jaeger and bassist Stewart Bronaugh, along with producer John Congleton (Anna Calvi, the Black Angels, Xiu Xiu) on keyboards. Olsen’s often whispery voice and heartfelt lyrics reach deep down into your soul and never let go, especially on such new songs as “Unf*cktheworld,” “White Fire,” “Iota,” and “Forgiven/Forgotten.” “I wish I had the voice of everything,” she sings on “Stars,” continuing, “to scream the animals, to scream the earth / to scream the stars out of our universe / to scream it all back into nothingness / to scream the feeling till there’s nothing left.” The crowd should be doing a lot of screaming when Olsen headlines at (Le) Poisson Rouge on Thursday, February 20, with Cian Nugent and Jaye Bartell opening up.

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