Folkadelphia presents: Angel Olsen with Meg Baird and Brendan Codey
"Olsen's voice is possessed of an intensely dramatic range; one minute she's barely singing-- more a downcast, near-spoken tumble of words-- but the next, she's a tragic heroine of the Weimar cabaret, tremendously poised but letting emotion rag her throat as if a freight train were passing through. Hers is not a voice made for modern laptop speakers." Pitchfork
It's Folkadelphia's extreme pleasure to present rising Chicago-based songwriter (and Bonnie "Prince" Billy crew member) Angel Olsen to Philadelphia on Tuesday, November 13th at Studio 34. Olsen just released her already highly and widely acclaimed second record Half Way Home and we are excited to have the opportunity to showcase her talent in an intimate setting. Opening the night in a big way, Philadelphia's resident siren Meg Baird and psych-folkster Brendan Codey perform as well.
After her highly-acclaimed debut Strange Cacti landed in the hands of listeners, it became very obvious the special presence Angel Olsen offered to listeners. She had a fresh edge to her sound, a warm and wonderful range, and a level of skill and charm out of this world.
And now here we are, a mere 2 years since her initial Bathetic release -- the original cassette version of Strange Cacti. The release of Half Way Home is something everyone has been excited for. We've always wanted to see and hear what Angel brings out through her music.
Half Way Home is a continuation of her elegance brought forth on Strange Cacti, a collection of both new and old music, honed and matured, thoughts revisisted. We're hearing this same beautiful girl with that same beautiful voice, this time brought up to a new level, in no doubt a growth and reach brought on by several roadtrips with the one and only Bonnie "Prince" Billy and crew.
The work of Angel Olsen is entirely her own: a raw, glowing sound that stands out now just as much as it did in 2010. It's an emotional stew with Angel's robust voice up front, bold and engaging, coming out of the background, aching to be heard. With the help of Emmett Kelly (The Cairo Gang) behind the board and playing throughout the songs, Half Way Home is a natural progression showcasing the wondrous sounds of a songwriter with such a voice that is rarely found.
A founding member and lead female vocalist of the Philly freak-folk group the Espers, Meg Baird has ventured out successfully as a solo artist, releasing two full lengths, 2007's Dear Companion and 2011's Seasons on Earth, both on Drag City Records. With Seasons on Earth, Baird has truly come into her own as a masterful songwriter, crafting delicate and intricate pieces that continue to reward with each subsequent listen. It is no exaggeration to say that Baird is truly one of the greats of our time.
Brendan Codey was born onto the east side of the B & E in the late nineteen seventies. He is a foghorn trigger, an opened fire hydrant and Wednesday, but only on Tuesdays. Currently, he is at work on a series of singles and and EPs for release soonish as possible over the internets. The Deli Magazine- Philly has described his music as a "meditative hailstorm, placing the listener right in the eye of the storm looking out," which sounds really cool.
Studio 34 (View)
4522 Baltimore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19134