Sasquatch 2015, Day 1: Angel Olsen

Sasquatch
05/23/2015
Jacob Webb
photos by Brittany Bollay

Angel Olsen has a voice powerful that it belongs on the list of singers compared to forces of nature. Considering that, it's a little ironic that Angel Olsen's Sasquatch set was delayed by an actual force of nature. But the wind and rain that forced a late start ended up playing to in St. Louis songtress' favor. As Olsen's hair blew in the wind, rocker "Forgiven/Forgotten", ballad "Lights Out", and burner "Stars", among others, instantly became more dramatic. (Tempering the epic look of the performance was Olsen's sense of humor about the whole affair. "Bands do shout outs at festivals, right? This song is for you Sasquatch. And that sunset.") At the center of it all, however, was Olsen's voice, strong and unwavering even in the face of wind-derived sound problems. Olsen's 2014 album Burn Your Fire For No Witness was one of that year's best headphones albums, but her Friday night set proved that the album's songs work surprisingly well at loud volumes, and even if the elements hadn't given her a hand, Olsen's ragged timbre led her set on the heavily Twix-sponsored Yeti state (a fact Olsen riffed on more than once) was a total triumph on Sasquatch's first day.

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