I’ll never forget the first time I heard Angel Olsen sing. It was August 2010 and I was covering my very first show for a music site (the now defunct Chicago Tunes). It was a lot of firsts all at once-first time at Empty Bottle since I was 21 and drove up from Indiana to see Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Liars play forever ago, first time hearing the Neutral Milk Hotel cover band Neutral Uke Hotel, and my first time eating at the amazing burger place across from The Bottle, The Lockdown. So it’s a lot of stuff that was going on, but the second Olsen opened her mouth to start singing everything else faded to the background. She’s got one of those transportive sounds that just whisks you away to another time and place.
Since then she’s released a couple great records and toured extensively. She’s also become quite popular, so the chances of her opening for anyone at The Empty Bottle or anywhere else are pretty slim. Now she’s announced a new record called My Woman (September 2) on Jagjaguwar. Along with the announcement comes a new song, “The Intern.”
Olsen wrote, directed, and edited the video and it comes together really well. It feels very influenced by directors like Davids Lynch and Cronenberg, and the music certainly fits in their worlds.
You can pre-order the record here, if you wish. I know I will.