The danger of folk, and all its sub-genre, is of sounding dated, antiquated. If the revolution is coming, it’s probably not in the form of singer-songwriter melodies and acoustic guitars. Enter Angel Olsen, an enemy of the formulaic. The musician’s latest, Burn Your Fire for No Witness, finds itself steeped in the American tradition of the genre, but manages to complicate it. Her music is riddled with ghosts from the past and reverberations from the future while remaining free of sepia-toned nostalgia. A sight to behold.
Tue., May 13, 9 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 7, 2014