Angel Olsen: Burn Your Fire for No Witness
On Angel Olsenâ€™s latest album, the singer-songwriter finds an apt balance between lo-fi acoustic folk and bluesy electric rock. The record, a follow-up to her debut Half Way Home, feels both timeless and vintage, eschewing complex and polished production elements for intimately wrought numbers that embrace raw sincerity. On â€śHi-Five,â€ť a gritty, static-laced track, Olsen achingly wails, â€śIâ€™m giving you my heart/ Are you giving me your heart?â€ť with visceral emotionâ€”a sensibility that resonates throughout the album. You might as well be in the room with the musician as she steadily croons on the propulsive single â€śForgiven/Forgottenâ€ť or softly tiptoes around on sparse, sad closer â€śWindows,â€ť a song that lends a true sense of melancholy to the disc.