On tr ack

Three must-lis­ten-to songs from a ris­ing indie dar­ling’s new record.

Elle (Canada) - - Radar -

her sec­ond al­bum, Burn Your Fire for No Wit­ness, was the sleeper nu-folk hit of 2014. Now, Mis­souri na­tive An­gel Olsen is back with My Woman, a grander but just as heart­stringspluck­ing fol­low-up that she recorded in only 17 days. Over the phone from a Cal­gary ho­tel room, Olsen fills us in on the mak­ing of the al­bum—on which she says she fi­nally re­laxed into her own voice—and spills the sto­ries be­hind some of the songs we guar­an­tee you’ll have on re­peat this fall. (Even more spe­cific pre­dic­tion: This will be your go-to record for Sun­day drives on the chill­ier end of Septem­ber.) “In­tern”“I’d been lis­ten­ing to a lot of elec­tron­ica, like Alex Cameron and Julee Cruise, and I just started writ­ing a song in that vein. I ended up re­ally lik­ing the lyrics. I was like, ‘You know what? We’re go­ing to put it at the top of the record, just fool a bunch of peo­ple into think­ing that An­gel has be­trayed her folk val­ues and thrown into the fire all those lyrics­based songs.’ But, no, I think it was def­i­nitely a tac­tic to say ‘Fuck you for think­ing I’m just a folk, indie-rock per­son.’”

“Sis­ter” “This is the one I’m proud­est of and lis­ten to the most. It re­ally has a live feel­ing. There are def­i­nitely parts in it where we fum­ble, but dur­ing the gui­tar solo there’s this point where we all just nat­u­rally stopped at the same time and then started again. Like, we just paused for one mil­lisec­ond, and it was the coolest mo­ment.” “Pops” “I kept the orig­i­nal demo vo­cal on that be­cause I didn’t think I could re-record it bet­ter. Some­thing hap­pened in my voice that day, and it just wasn’t go­ing to be cap­tured the same way if we did it again. I’d been on tour and lost my voice, which was a re­ally hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence. My doc­tor told me not to use it for two weeks, and this was the first song I recorded after that.” n

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