Thursday 2 July 2020
Tumult, fury and grandeur from one of indie’s boldest musicians

Angel Olsen har been on a star-studded journey from indie singer-songwriter towards something else, something grander. She quickly became a darling with the critics and won over hearts of music fans everywhere with her folky, lo-fi tunes.

But Olsen’s third album, My Woman (2016), signified a noticeable change. Angel Olsen’s sound became more extrovert, with more polish and poppy tendencies. The critics still loved her – and she started climbing into the US album charts and spawned a successful single in “Shut Up and Kiss Me” – a song that a packed crowd sang along to when Angel Olsen played her first Roskilde show in 2017.

Angel Olsen was welcomed into more popular circles, just as she was invited to sing on Mark Ronson’s Late Night Feelings album (“True Blue” will, in the words of one music lover, make you ugly-cry and dance at the same time).

And just as she becomes popular, she moves further out on the left-field (insert producer John Congleton who also worked wonders for Sharon Van Etten and St. Vincent).

Her fourth album, All Mirrors, was released to great critical acclaim (just look here). Angel Olsen puts her heart-breaking songs into recognisable forms – and then she bends then, twists them towards something very intriguing. Her beautiful, ultra-melodic tunes are accompanied by dissonance, by unrest, by heartbreak.

Blending bravura with vulnerability, Olsen’s live shows dovetail with her latest creative evolution. She performs her adventurous material with assistance from a four-piece band and two-piece string section – and she sings with devastating intensity at both high and low volumes.

Come get a taste of one of the most interesting and unpredictable musicians out there right now when Angel Olsen returns to Roskilde Festival for another intense set. Remember the tissues for your tears – because they will be rolling at some point.