Like many pop songwriters, Angel Olsen has a pretty voice, but she uses her sweetly melodic delivery to cast unusual, moodily hypnotic spells like “White Fire,” an ethereal incantation that slowly and subtly builds emotional power over its seven somberly strummed minutes. But the Chicago singer-guitarist is far more than just a languidly lulling chanteuse. On her fourth album, Burn Your Fire for No Witness, Olsen often underpins her vocal trilling with big, fuzzed-out guitars, such as “Hi-Five,” where surging, vibrato-laden waves contrast with her yearning, Roy Orbison – style vocals. “We'll keep our hands, our legs, even our lips apart,” she laments with a sad desperation. Olsen is even more affecting on “Forgiven/Forgotten” as she fervently and repeatedly declares “I don't know anything” amid insistent electric-guitar thrumming before adding an endearingly simple punch line, “but I love you.”
Sun., March 2, 8:30 p.m., 2014
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