On her vulnerable new album, All Mirrors, Olsen takes an introspective deep dive towards internal destinations and revelations. In the process of making this album, she found a new sound and voice, a blast of fury mixed with hard won self-acceptance. All Mirrors gets its claws into you on both micro and macro levels. Of course, there’s that singular vibrato, always so very close — seemingly simple, cooed phrases expand into massive ideas about the inability to love and universal loneliness. And then suddenly — huge string arrangements and bellowing synth swells emerge, propelling the apocalyptic tenor.
Angel Olsen ⟡ Hand Habits
On placeholder, the second album from Meg Duffy’s Hand Habits, the singer/songwriter orbits a stinging absence, ruminating on the ephemeral nature of emotional attachment. Alongside Big Thief and recent Deerhunter albums, Hand Habits are part of a strong contingent of contemporary acts staging queer stories against a wistful Americana backdrop. A guitarist in Kevin Morby’s band and a recent collaborator to William Tyler, Duffy hails from Los Angeles via upstate New York.