This week, there was nothing for me to do except tell the world how much I love Angel Olsen’s new album, Burn Your Fire For No Witness. Her Jagjaguwar debut is a subtle knockout - exhibiting the pain and loneliness of heartbreak, but encouraging those who feel the same way to dance their way up and out of it.
This album is inspiring in so many ways. Her lyrics are just triumphant. As a songwriter myself, I find her subject matter very relatable and her phrasing simply unmatched. My personal favorite of the album, “White Fire”, delivers a drawn out lyric sung just above a whisper. Coming after two upbeat romps, “Forgiven/Forgotten” and “Hi-Five”, this song draws the listener into a dark place but keeps a candle lit in the distance. Fierce and light and young. She worked with a producer for the first time on this album as well - John Congleton turned her once-slightly dainty acoustic sound and turned it into a hushed killer.
I can’t WAIT to see her perform more of these songs live. They were just glints in everyone’s eye the last time she came through town, but she’s got these songs as an arsenal behind her now and nothing to fear. She has the amazing ability to reel in an entire room and leave the whole of it spellbound. I look forward to the day she takes me to another world with her music.
If you get the chance, check this album out, and buy it. You will not regret it.
is there a name for the John green thing. like the obnoxious culture hes pioneered. the 500 days of summer thing, the hazy acoustic soundtracks , the preoccupation w/ sayingn stuff like “im sorry im so fucked up” or “there are no happily ever afters”. how can I quantify this phenomenon. it’s like neo heroin chic or something
I’ll take “people who have never read John Green’s books” for 200, Alex. Think before you judge.
Hello again! Another week has gone by, with so many more things to love. Here are some of my favorites things I discovered this week.
1. Just now - Lauryn Hill singing “Something" by the Beatles on Letterman. She is BACK, y’all! Glorious as ever.
2. Shakespeare. I started reading “Much Ado About Nothing” with Daniel, and although it’s pretty hard to read aloud without needing to announce which character is talking, it’s resurfacing my love for the hidden wit in his words and his beautiful flowing language.
3. Silly photo shoots. My friend Ben is an unbelievable photographer (check out a sampling of his work here) and last night some friends and I got together at his place for a silly photo shoot. The pictures turned out AMAZINGLY, and it was so fun to goof around and look hilarious.
4. Books by Keri Smith. I just bought “Living Out Loud” and “Mess”, and I’m so looking forward to her thoughts and teachings about being creative and accepting that we make mistakes.
Things I want to do this week:
-join the gym (I will, I promise), and start working out at least 3 days a week.
-cook something using just ingredients from my fridge (Thanks Keri)
-remember that spring is coming! There will be an end to this winter :)