Just an Angel alone


Sunday 18 March. Collected by Song List Rat.

The Song List Rat doesn’t back out of too many situations. In fact such is his hunger for lists that he risks a ban from many Perth venues.

But he didn’t want to write about Angel Olsen after seeing her at Fremantle Arts Centre on Sunday night. “I’m in love with her,” he said, “so a little too biased to write objectively.” So he begged me to go to the Monday show.

It was just her. No six-piece band. “You do realise that don’t you?” she asked the laid back crowd, “No hoo-rays and hoo-rahs, just me.”

Olsen’s songs came quietly. She has a voice that can soar but she didn’t Celine it. Accompanied by just an electic guitar, she had some early exchanges with the sound man. “I’m a complicated woman,” she said, “I want more reverb and less volume and pretty soon I’ll want everything. Everything you cant afford.” The sound got better as the night progressed.

Olsen is old now. She turned 31 in January. Many of her angst-ridden songs were written when she was 22 or 23. “I was a 22-year-old not going through much,” she said. “I hope to keep that edge but still live a normal life.”

I don’t know Olsen’s stuff that well but she kept my attention. The highlight, to me, was If it’s Alive, it Will with the chorus…


Monday 19 March. Collected by Nolan the Rat.

I used to think I was the only one

I used to think I was the only one

I used to think I was the only one

But I’ve learned quite a few things since then

I’ve learned that no one ever really is the only one

Yeah, it was one of those nights . Glad I went.

Thanks to the Song List Rat and newcomer Nolan the Rat for picking up the playlists.


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