And so continues the Absolute Female Fridays series. I omitted one artist, who I hope to write about next week. Hope you enjoy.
AngeL Olson (Chicago, IL)
Relative newcomer AngeL Olsen released her first album, Strange Cactus, on cassette (yes, cassette!) just last year. Her lo-fi sound is incredibly raw and haunting - Olsen filled her six-song effort with only her voice and the strums of her guitar. Her vocal stylings have been compared variously from jazz singers Billie Holiday and Nina Simone (also doing a cover of 'Love is the Color of My True Love's Hair) to folk artists Karen Dalton and Kath Bloom.
Somewhere in California, there's a dentist whose album has finally gained popularity. In 1970, Linda Perhacs set to capture the beauty she experienced while out in the California wilderness, employing multi-tracks of haunting harmonies, a mix of instruments, and the occasional electronics. Her album, Parallelograms, was overlooked for the better part of 30 years until a fan tracked her down and reissued the album on CD. With the inclusion in Daft Punk's Electroma and Devendra Banhart's Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon, it's rumored that Perhacs has returned to the studio.
Much like her previous albums, Julianna Barwick's The Magic Place mostly utilizes her voice as an instrument rather than the conventional singing of many of the other featured artists. Barwick loops layer upon layer of vocals with minimal instruments, reminiscent of an ecclestiastical choir in a cavernous cathedral. The recordings, mostly done in her bedroom, create an unworldly ambience for many to enjoy.
Warpaint's origins date back to Valentine's Day 2004, with childhood friends Theresa Wayman and Emily Kokal teaming up with sisters Jenny Lee Lindberg and Shannyn Sossamon. After Sossamon left in 2005, it took 4 years for the trio to finally settle in with their current lineup, with Stella Mozgawa joining on drums. Since then, they've become a mainstay in the indie scene, subsequently releasing an EP, Exquisite Corpse, and their debut, The Fool. Warpaint attracts their audience with driving bass, hypnotic vocals, and effect-laden guitars.
Beginning as a keyboardist for Bomb the Music Industry!, Laura Stevenson began writing and performing her own music in 2007. While previously having fellow BTMI! members, Stevenson began recruiting outside help to create the Cans. After the re-release of of A Record, they followed up with Sit Resist, a more cohesive and polished effort.Varying from just Stevenson on a guitar to a full band a horn section.