It’s only been two years since Angel Olsen released her heavily praised sophomore LP, Burn Your Fire For No Witness, but I’ve been aching for some new material from the Southern-born singer-songwriter ever since brazenly burning through that album until I realized I was neglecting pretty much all other music.
So with Olsen’s captivating new single, “Intern,” which delicately straddles the line between emphatic and inhibited (something Olsen has mastered), it is important that I learn to pace myself and NOT exhaust the track or the teaser video that accompanies it.
The video begins with a close-up of Olsen’s face illuminated by ethereal lighting against a black background, the singer proudly flaunting a glowing silver bob and singing into a studio headset. The locations change, but Olsen continues to sing earnestly into the camera, addressing her audience in a self-assured manner through wispy, haunting vocals.
The upcoming album, My Woman, will feature an A side full of more dynamic rock- and pop-oriented tracks and a B-side of slower, more cerebral songs. She alternates between piano-backed instrumentals, synth or Mellotron (which is employed on “Intern”), and a live in-studio backing band.
My Woman is out September 2nd and is available for pre-order via Olsen’s label Jagjaguwar. She’s already locked in North American and European tour dates, so keep a look out for West Coast date announcements.
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