INNER STRENGTH: Angel Olsen is an American folk and indie rock singer and guitarist.
INNER STRENGTH: Angel Olsen is an American folk and indie rock singer and guitarist.

Angel Olsen brings her My Woman show to Lismore

ANGEL Olsen is an American folk and indie rock singer and guitarist who was raised in St Louis, Missouri and currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

Her latest album, released last September, is called My Woman.

Given its title, and track names like Sister and Woman, it would be easy to read a gender-specific message into My Woman but Olsen has never played her lyrical content straight.

"I'm definitely using scenes that I've replayed in my head, in the same way that I might write a script and manipulate a memory to get it to fit, but I think it's important that people can interpret things the way that they want to," she said.

Olsen concedes that if she could locate any theme, whether in the funny, synth-laden song Intern or the sadder songs which are collected on the record's latter half, "then it's maybe the complicated mess of being a woman and wanting to stand up for yourself, while also knowing that there are things you are expected to ignore, almost, for the sake of loving a man."

"I'm not trying to make a feminist statement with every single record, just because I'm a woman. But I do feel like there are some themes that relate to that, without it being the complete picture."

Over her two previous albums, she's offered reverb-shrouded poetic swoons, shadowy folk, grunge-pop band workouts and haunting, finger-picked epics.

My Woman is a complement to her past work, and one for which Olsen recalibrated her writing / recording approach and methods to enter a new music-making phase.

She wrote some songs on the piano she'd bought at the end of the previous album tour, but she later switched it out for synth and / or Mellotron on a few of them.



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