This Chicago-by-way-of-St.Louis folk singer lives up to the pairing in her name, both decidedly heavenly and remarkably plain. Simple as soil, Angel Olsen’s songs are distinguished by her possessed, tortured, heavenly voice—at times a tool in her poetess repertoire, most often a force in it’s own right. As most otherworldly things tend to, Olsen’s voice evokes polarity among listeners, some will hear the divine in her songs, others, hell: Expect unbelievable power and unassuming innocence from her uniquely demanding music.
Sun., May 19, 8:30 p.m., 2013
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 8, 2013