:.. Angel Olsen: Strange Cacti EP (Bathetic) | Under The Radar ..:

Angel Olsen has an old soul. Though her past musical endeavors include touring vocalist with Bonnie “Prince” Billy and his Cairo Gang, and also with Will Oldham in a raucous band called The Babblers, her own musical output (two limited-run DIY cassettes, the Strange Cacti EP which has recently been reissued on vinyl) is much different. While her performances with Bonnie “Prince” Billy featured her as Grace Slick to the Cairo Gang’s Jefferson Airplane, Strange Cacti highlights a creative spirit more in line with such jazz singers as Billie Holiday and Nina Simone (incidentally, do yourself a favor and track down Olsen’s version of “Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair.”).

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