electric ladies: angel olsen

In an effort to bring more lady positivity to the internet, I want to focus a section of my blog on some of my favourite women. One lady who definitely deserves attention is one of my favourite musicians, Angel Olsen.

I saw Angel Olsen live at Meredith Music Festival last year and was absolutely blown away by her incredible talent on stage. Her latest album, My Woman, was one of my favourites of 2016. Indeed, I listed it as my number four pick of the year. Her music is so powerful and the line "I dare you to understand / What makes me a woman" gives me shivers EVERY TIME.

Listen to: My Woman and Burn Your Fire For No Witness.

At the very end of her latest video, for a song called “Shut Up Kiss Me,” Angel Olsen slyly smashes through the fourth wall. “Um, do I need to give more attitude, or...?” she deadpans, after preening and pouting through a roller-rink lip-sync in glittery hot pants and matching wig. This subtle moment shows off the 29-year-old singer/songwriter’s well-timed sense of humor, while making it clear she’s playing a character in the self-directed clip—a few of them, really. There’s the class clown, the cool girl (on skates!), the “crazy” chick who grows increasingly hysterical waiting by her rotary phone for his call, the hair-metal vixen posing atop a sensible sedan instead of a hotrod. On some level, maybe she is all of these things. Or maybe she is none of them. But Angel Olsen wants to make one thing clear: She is definitely not a girl at the bottom of a dark well.

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