Angel Olsen at Meetfactory
The indie musician has changed her sound with her latest album
American up-and-coming indie singer, songwriter and musician Angel Olsen will play at Prague's MeetFactory on May 29 to promote her latest release called My Woman. It will be the artist's debut in the Czech Republic.
Olsen will start her European tour May 17 in Brussels and finish August 20 at La Route Du Rock festival in Saint-Malo, France.
My Woman, released on September last year, received mixed reviews from critics but made it to the Top 50 Albums of 2016 on Billboard, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Mojo and many other publications. American online magazine Pitchfork called it “her best album yet.”
Rooted in folk music, Olsen has stepped away from that sound in her new record, however maintaining the formula of her previous albums Half Way Home (2012) and Burn Your Fire for No Witness (2014): heavy, distorted tracks contrasted with soft, long, acoustic ones. Ideologically, My Woman is a plunge into the complexities of self-representation and romantic relationship's dynamics.
“I'm less afraid of what people think,” Olsen told Face Culture music guide. “I want to make music that I like to make and I like to listen to. If people want to listen to folk music, they can listen to my earlier records.”
Olsen's solo career beginning can be traced back to her debut cassettes Strange Cacti, released in July 2010, and Lady of the Waterpark, released two months later. She has also recorded and toured as a backing vocalist with folk artist Bonnie “Prince” Billy and rock act the Cairo Gang, as well as collaborated with indie rock artists Tim Kinsella, Leroy Bach and Cass McCombs, among others.
The supporting act for Olsen's gig in Prague will be synth-pop Australian musician, singer and songwriter Alex Cameron.
Cameron's debut as a solo artist came with the album Jumping the Shark (2013), initially released free on his website and followed by a physical release the next year. On it, Cameron explores narratives of failure as the persona of a struggling entertainer.
“I write about the outlier, the table-for-one guy, the guy whose life is a constellation of microscopic tragedies,” Cameron told British newspaper The Guardian. “Failure has been underexplored in music. My characters come from a place where ambition, crippling self-doubt and tragedy intersect.”
Cameron has also released three albums as member of Sydney-based electronica band Seekae: The Sound of Trees Falling on People (2008), +Dome (2011) and The Worry (2014).
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