Angel Olsen has been quite a busy lady these days. The Chicago-based songstress will embark on a nearly three-month tour beginning next week to promote her sophomore album, Burn Your Fire For No Witness. She will be making a pit stop at (le) Poisson Rouge in New York City on February 20.
Olsen recently played an intimate set for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series where she performed previously unreleased tracks in addition to four new tracks from her latest album including: “Unf***heworld,” “White Fire,” “Enemy” and “Iota.” Like her stint for NPR, Olsen wears her emotions on her sleeve on Burn Your Fire For No Witness.
“Forgiven/Forgotten,” instantly stands out for its faster-paced garage rock sound and is appropriately the first song off this record. “Hi-Five,” the second single, has Olsen flirting with country music. Though one finds themselves bopping your head to the track, the lyrics scream anything but happy as she speaks of loneliness and yearning for company.
Olsen seems to flip a switch after “Hi-Five” where she permanently opts to be mellow, emotional and haunting at once. “White Fire,” “Lights Out,” and “Windows” highlight her desire to tell a new story and the tendency to drive one to tears by the end.
Burn Your Fire For No Witness has allowed Olsen to experiment with a wider range of sounds, something that is already aiding her in become one of music’s rising artists.