If you’ve followed this blog, or if you’ve ever talked to me in real life, you know that I’m a huge fan of Angel Olsen. Her 2014 sophomore album Burn Your Fire For No Witness was my #4 record of that year, and her performance at the 2013 Hopscotch Music Festival was one of my favorite things from that year’s festival, and remains in my top 5 things that I’ve ever seen at Hopscotch.
Also, just in case you’ve missed it, here’s the video that I made at that year’s festival. My favourite song of hers: “Creator, Destroyer”. The video was made with a point-and-shoot digital camera, and there’s a tiny bit of shake, but I’m still quite proud of it:
As much as I love that song, it’s not why we’re here tonight.
Since all of this, Ms. Olsen has moved from St. Louis to Chicago, and then to Asheville, North Carolina. So she’s sort of a “local girl” now.
Like a lot of the women that I write about, her last album was fiercely personal, and like a lot of my favorite female artists (read: Basia Bulat), her last record was also a bit of a departure from her norm. Whereas her previous releases had been more on the “folk” side of things and had been more or less “solo” endeavors, Burn Your Fire For No Witness was a bit closer to “rock” and featured a full band. And I absolutely loved it.
I’ve been checking her site and her social media religiously for updates, and there hasn’t been much. Almost out of nowhere the other day, Stereogum announced that there would be a new Angel Olsen record this year, and they released the following teaser for the song, which, as far as we know, is called “Intern”:
Olsen directed this video herself, and with her tinsel hair, the wind machine, the focus shifts, and her headset, it looks a bit like a Björk video. And that’s totally okay with us. A lot of people are likening it to Twin Peaks. A lot of people are saying that it’s reminiscent of late 1990s nonchalantly sexy music videos from “solo” artists like Sarah McLachlan. A lot of people are saying that this video is an open-handed hit to the face of the music industry and the pressure it puts on female artists to package themselves as sex. I don’t know about all of that stuff, but we sure do like this.
It’s pretty clear that with the color bars and the abrupt stop and all, the video and the song are cut short in this teaser, but we really like what we’re hearing. We have no idea whether this will be another rock record like Burn Your Fire For No Witness was, another folky record like her other releases were, something in between, or something totally different. We’re guessing that whichever way it goes, we’re going to like the new record quite a bit. Especially since it came out of nowhere.
The only thing we know at this point is that the forthcoming record will be called My Woman. It’ll be out sometime in 2016 via a href=http://jagjaguwar.com/”>Jagjaguwar. Neither the label nor her website has details of the release, but we’ll be waiting patiently.