FYF Fest: Angel Olsen

Being the first act of a two-day festival may be daunting to some, but Angel Olsen entered the stage calm, cool, and collected. Her voice relaxed the sunburned concert-goers who were finding refuge from the sun in the dark Arena and the beautiful starry-night backdrop and disco balls created an interesting addition to her bittersweet-sounding tracks like “Hi-Five” and “Drunk and With Dreams.” She even gave the audience a little advice when feeling frustrated: just scream when you’re angry. While that definitely works, listening to Angel made us all a little less stressed and a lot happier yesterday at FYF. 

Photos: Amanda Rae Stephens

FYF Fest: One Day, One Artist
We were blown away by Angel Olsen back in April for SXSW 2014, so when we heard she would be playing FYF this year, we had a feeling LA would want a piece of her. And with good reason: this year alone she’s signed to a major label, already placing on websites’ top albums of 2014 lists with her release of Burn Your Fire For No Witness, made the move from Chicago to North Carolina, and has been non-stop touring. With the new move, the pressure to write and “be unique” has been lifted and Olsen tells Paste Magazine: 

"I really enjoy and appreciate a place that isn’t about moving constantly and isn’t about trying to be distracted with these things on a daily basis…I don’t have to write if I don’t want to write. Part of my writing is living well." 

But before she settles down she has a few festivals to shred for, including FYF, so don’t miss out! 
Photo: Tonje Thilesen

FYF Fest: One Day, One Artist

We were blown away by Angel Olsen back in April for SXSW 2014, so when we heard she would be playing FYF this year, we had a feeling LA would want a piece of her. And with good reason: this year alone she’s signed to a major label, already placing on websites’ top albums of 2014 lists with her release of Burn Your Fire For No Witness, made the move from Chicago to North Carolina, and has been non-stop touring. With the new move, the pressure to write and “be unique” has been lifted and Olsen tells Paste Magazine

"I really enjoy and appreciate a place that isn’t about moving constantly and isn’t about trying to be distracted with these things on a daily basis…I don’t have to write if I don’t want to write. Part of my writing is living well." 

But before she settles down she has a few festivals to shred for, including FYF, so don’t miss out! 

Photo: Tonje Thilesen

Spin Showcase // House of Vans // Angel Olsen 

The edginess and twang of 90’s female rockers has been reincarnated in Angel Olsen. Don’t be fooled by her name, though her voice may sound light and airy, she isn’t afraid to call out past lovers and admit to full-on loneliness with tracks off her new album Burn Your Fire for No Witness like “Forgiven/Forgotten” and “Hi-Five.” The recording of these tracks is an unlikely breath of fresh air from the overproduced sounds on the airwaves today. In the tiniest and most packed room, Olsen pulled off a raw, unembellished sound at our SXSW Day Party.

Photos: Amanda Rae Stephens