Angel Olsen performs in The Current studio

Angel Olsen performs in The Current's studio.
Angel Olsen performs in The Current's studio. (MPR photo/Leah Garaas)
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    Angel Olsen, 'Miranda' performed at The Current
    Angel Olsen, 'Hi-Five' performed at The Current
    Angel Olsen, 'High & Wild' performed at The Current

Fresh off playing a gig at The Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis last night, Angel Olsen and her band stopped in to The Current's studio to play a few songs and to chat with Mary Lucia.

In the course of the interview, Olsen describes her experience making the transition from solo performer to now having a band. Although it took some time to make the transition, Olsen loves the way each band member adds his or her own ideas to the song compositions and arrangements. "It's more fun to allow that to happen," Olsen says.

Now signed to Jagjaguwar, Olsen's latest album is called Burn Your Fire for No Witness. It was recorded in a former church in North Carolina. Incidentally, Olsen herself is now based in Asheville, N.C., and she talks about its music scene and the beauty of its forested environs.

Listen to the complete interview to hear more about Olsen's approach to songwriting and about how the meanings of her songs can change for her over time.

Songs Performed

"Miranda"
"Hi-Five"
"High & Wild"

The first track is from Olsen's 2013 release, Half Way Home; the subsequent tracks are off Olsen's 2014 album, Burn Your Fire for No Witness, out now on Jagjaguwar.

Hosted by Mary Lucia
Produced by Lindsay Kimball
Engineered by Michael DeMark

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  • Bassist Emily Elhaj and Angel Olsen in The Current's studio
    Bassist Emily Elhaj and Angel Olsen in The Current's studio (MPR photo/Leah Garaas)
  • Angel Olsen performs in The Current's studio.
    Angel Olsen performs in The Current's studio. (MPR photo/Leah Garaas)
  • Lead guitarist Stewart Bronaugh and drummer Joshua Jaeger perform with Angel Olsen in The Current studio.
    Lead guitarist Stewart Bronaugh and drummer Joshua Jaeger perform with Angel Olsen in The Current studio. (MPR photo/Leah Garaas)
  • Angel Olsen and her band in The Current studio.
    Angel Olsen and her band in The Current studio. (MPR photo/Leah Garaas)
  • Angel Olsen performs in The Current studio.
    Angel Olsen performs in The Current studio. (MPR photo/Leah Garaas)
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