Half Way Home
Safe In The Womb
Can’t Wait Until Tomorrow
Always Half Strange
You Are Song
The Sky Opened Up
After her highly-acclaimed debut Strange Cacti landed in the hands of listeners, it became very obvious the special presence Angel Olsen offered to listeners. She had a fresh edge to her sound, a warm and wonderful range, and a level of skill and charm out of this world.
And now here we are, a mere 2 years since her initial Bathetic release — the original cassette version of Strange Cacti. The release of Half Way Home is something everyone has been excited for. We’ve always wanted to see and hear what Angel brings out through her music.
Half Way Home is a continuation of her elegance brought forth on Strange Cacti, a collection of both new and old music, honed and matured, thoughts revisisted. We’re hearing this same beautiful girl with that same beautiful voice, this time brought up to a new level, in no doubt a growth and reach brought on by several roadtrips with the one and only Bonnie “Prince” Billy and crew.
The work of Angel Olsen is entirely her own: a raw, glowing sound that stands out now just as much as it did in 2010. It’s an emotional stew with Angel’s robust voice up front, bold and engaging, coming out of the background, aching to be heard. With the help of Emmett Kelly (The Cairo Gang) behind the board and playing throughout the songs, Half Way Home is a natural progression showcasing the wondrous sounds of a songwriter with such a voice that is rarely found.
In Angel’s words herself: “I couldn’t say it’s about love lost or found or whatever. It’s about many things, things that have happened to me, feelings I’ve had. Situations that have occurred to some I know. I think no matter how stable I am I will always be searching, I guess that’s what this album is about. The endless searching, the fruitless waiting, the idea of a home that is inside yourself.”
Cover art by Plastic Crimewave.
Vinyl comes shrink-wrapped with lyrics and liner notes printed on an inner sleeve.
Edition of 1000 (2nd Edition).
“Ms. Olsen understands the power of holding back, and feeding out extravagance in small portions. People stopped buying drinks; the bartenders put their elbows on the counter, engrossed. It was remarkable… Ms. Olsen has found her sound – her voice, alone and untreated and slow, conjoined with the specific resonance of her guitar – and she’s able to replicate a private discovery in front of a crowd. That’s a lot.” - The New York Times
“11 tracks of rough-hewn folk, shimmering and ribboned with dirt-packed veins, sung by a voice that curls and dips and dissolves like a black smoke plume.” - Pitchfork (2012 Albums of the Year: Honorable Mention)
“It’s not just Angel Olsen’s range that makes her voice so unforgettable; it’s the surprise turns she’s learned to produce by manipulating it.” - The FADER
“the work of a young artist with a vision – an engrossing listen.” - Chicago Tribune
“WIth a voice that can be haunting, uplifting, fearful or strong, it seems there’s little emotion Angel Olsen can’t convey.” - WNYC