Discovery: Angel Olsen
Chalk this one up to Grace and Nomadic Reverie. I never would have heard of Angel Olsen were it not for the in-studio session at KDHX set up by Grace (a session you can hear in its entirety tonight at 9:00 pm CST on 88.1, streaming live at KDHX.org and also streaming thereafter). Olsen is young, all of 22, a Saint Louis native, recently moved to Chicago. She has a record but you’ll never find it, unless you Myspace her. Her songs are confessional and communal, getting the balance just right. She sings with a high, rich, jazz-estranged voice, distant from the grade-school affectation that is the fashion of too many young female (and male) indie folk troubadours. My only regret is that she didn’t bring her accordion.
Here’s an mp3 and a Flip video from the session.