Thursday, February 20, 2014

NEW VIDEO: Angel Olsen - Hi-Five (Jagjaguwar)

Angel Olsen is a name I've been hearing a lot lately so I finally decided to check in on what all the fuss was about.  Upon viewing her latest music video for the track "Hi-Five" I've come to the conclusion that fuss is well warranted.  Olsen's sound brings together so many fantastic elements and wraps them all up in a universally-appealing bow that harkens back to some timeless age that the modern world has long forgotten, but which also maybe never existed.  "Hi-Five" combines elements of psych, country, southern rock and pop while Olsen's laid back twang sits nicely over the top with an appropriate amount of fuzziness.  The use of texture and arrangement in this recording might be its most impressive attribute.  Its an excellent marriage of lo-fi and hi-fi techniques that give the recording depth and character.  I don't mean this in a bad way at all, but this is music that I could listen to in the car with my mom and we'd both enjoy it.  The video itself features Olsen alone on a dark set filled with various pop art props.  Get her latest LP, Burn Your Fire For No Witness, out on Jagjaguwar Records here.

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