Missouri-born, Chicago-based songstress Angel Olsen has combined a diverse array of sounds for her second album, Burn Your Fire for No Witness.
Olsen, who'd previously toured with Bonnie "Prince" Billy as part of the Cairo Gang, has made an album that's equal parts lo-fi garage rock, roots, country and grunge. Olsen had only been working with bassist Stewart Bronaugh and drummer Josh Jaeger for six months when they started recording, but she says they quickly formed a tight unit.
"We started playing together and he just got it," Olsen said, of Jaeger, in an interview with her label, Jagjaguwar. "In the middle of practising, in that first week I was just laughing, because he was so intuitive. Most people who want to collaborate with you just say, 'let's jam,' and don't really listen to the music, but the only way to know if someone is seriously interested is if they've done their own research and know the material. Josh definitely took that initiative. He introduced me to Stewart, who just so happens to be a really great singer, writer and a really great guitarist; I'm so excited to be working with him as well — it is very much a band and I feel like I'm merging into this entity that they're also creating."