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RESCHEDULED SHOW: Peter Broderick (SOLO) / Plus Special Guest / Half Moon Theatre / Wed. 5 November 2014

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ANNOUNCEMENT: We are very happy to announce Peter Broderick’s RE-SCHEDULED concert at the Half Moon Theatre, Cork on Wednesday 5th November 2014. Any purchased tickets for the original date are valid. Please note Peter Broderick’s concert will be a SOLO performance. Special guest to be announced shortly. Thank you for your time and understanding.

Tickets can be purchased from the Cork Opera House Box Office, Emmet Place, Cork (Tel: 021 427 0022) or from the link below:

http://www.corkoperahouse.ie/events/peter-broderick-plus-band

Any purchased tickets for the original date are still valid.

Thank you.

 


http://www.peterbroderick.net
http://www.bellaunion.com

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TICKETS ON SALE: Peter Broderick / w. Loch Lomond / Sun. 19 October 2014 / Half Moon Theatre, Cork

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Just a final reminder that tickets are now on sale for the following concert:

Fractured Air presents:
Peter Broderick (plus band) (USA/Erased Tapes/Bella Union)
w/ special guests Loch Lomond (USA/Chemikal Underground)
Half Moon Theatre, Cork on Sunday 19 October 2014

Tickets are priced at €15 and are available now from Cork Opera House box office, Emmet Place, Cork, or online from the following link:

http://www.corkoperahouse.ie/events/peter-broderick-plus-band

All details are below. Thank you.

 


 

PETER BRODERICK (USA/Erased Tapes/Bella Union)

Peter Broderick’s name has become synonymous with the thriving independent music scene over the past decade, having released ground-breaking albums on prestigious record labels such as Erased Tapes, Bella Union and Type Records. 2014 has already been a busy year for the ever-prolific musician, releasing the collaborative project with British composer Greg Haines under the guise of Greg Gives Peter Space (where the duo share their fascination with dub music), and collaborating on the latest full-length from The Album Leaf (‘Never Held A Baby’).

Peter Broderick (b. 1987) is an American-born multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. In his later teenage years he became entwined in the Portland, Oregon indie folk scene, recording for the likes of M. Ward, Laura Gibson, Horse Feathers and Dolorean. 2007 saw him moving across the ocean to Denmark, where he began a long collaboration with the Danish band Efterklang, touring around the world with them for the next five years (and prominently featured on the recordings ‘Performing Parades’ (2009), ‘Magic Chairs’ (2010) and ‘Piramida’ (2012).

Meanwhile he recorded several albums of solo material, ranging from sparse classical compositions (‘Float’) to homemade folk music (‘Home’), constantly experimenting with different musical genres (2012’s ‘These Walls Of Mine’ fuses country, folk, Neoclassical, ambient and hip-hop), and also being commissioned to write music for several films and contemporary dance works (‘Music For Falling From Trees’, ‘Music For Contemporary Dance’). He then lived in Berlin for several years where he met and collaborated with Nils Frahm, Dustin O’ Halloran, Machinefabriek, Lubomyr Melnyk and several others.

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Press for Peter Broderick:

“Incremental creep of wickedness” — BBC Music
“A songwriter of beguiling depth” — The Sunday Times
“A series of shiveringly atmospheric compositions” — Q
“Painfully young and unnervingly talented” — The Economist
“A precociously talented multi-instrumentalist” — The Independent

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LOCH LOMOND (USA/Chemikal Underground)

Loch Lomond is the Portland Oregon-based chamber pop/folk group which began as a solo project of Ritchie Young in 2003 with their debut release ‘When We Were Mountains’. While Broderick has joined the band numerous times (drums, violin, mandolin, vocals), Loch Lomond have released three further albums to date:‘Paper The Walls’ in 2007; ‘Little Me Will Start A Storm’ in 2011 and current full-length ‘Dresses’ in 2013. Loch Lomond are currently signed to the prestigious Glasgow-based independent label Chemikal Underground (The Phantom Band, Adrian Crowley, Aidan Moffat).

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Press for Loch Lomond:

“Vaguely surreal, harmonic and orchestral”
—The List

“Evokes the articulation of emotion synthesized sweetly, euphonically, gracefuly… perfectly”
—Drowned in Sound

“Very much the work of a band playing off each other’s strengths… a quiet triumph”
—The Line of Best Fit

 


 

Facebook Event Page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1529825180574307/?ref=22

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Purchase Tickets:

http://www.corkoperahouse.ie/events/peter-broderick-plus-band

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Links:

http://www.peterbroderick.net/
http://www.erasedtapes.com/

https://www.facebook.com/lochlomondmusic
http://www.chemikal.co.uk/

 


 

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July 30, 2014 at 4:00 pm

ANNOUNCEMENT: Peter Broderick w/ Loch Lomond / Sunday 19 October 2014 / Half Moon Theatre, Cork

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We are delighted to announce the return of Portland Oregon’s Peter Broderick (plus band) with special guests Loch Lomond for a special concert at the Half Moon Theatre, Cork, on Sunday 19 October 2014. All details below.

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Fractured Air presents
Peter Broderick (plus band) w/ special guests Loch Lomond
Half Moon Theatre, Cork on Sunday 19 October 2014

Tickets are €15, available now from Cork Opera House box office, Emmet Place, Cork.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE:
http://www.corkoperahouse.ie/events/peter-broderick-plus-band

 


 

Fractured Air presents: Peter Broderick (USA/Erased Tapes/Bella Union)

Peter Broderick’s name has become synonymous with the thriving independent music scene over the past decade, having released ground-breaking albums on prestigious record labels such as Erased Tapes, Bella Union and Type Records. 2014 has already been a busy year for the ever-prolific musician, releasing the collaborative project with British composer Greg Haines under the guise of Greg Gives Peter Space (where the duo share their fascination with dub music), and collaborating on the latest full-length from The Album Leaf (‘Never Held A Baby’).

Peter Broderick (b. 1987) is an American-born multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. In his later teenage years he became entwined in the Portland, Oregon indie folk scene, recording for the likes of M. Ward, Laura Gibson, Horse Feathers and Dolorean. 2007 saw him moving across the ocean to Denmark, where he began a long collaboration with the Danish band Efterklang, touring around the world with them for the next five years (and prominently featured on the recordings ‘Performing Parades’ (2009), ‘Magic Chairs’ (2010) and ‘Piramida’ (2012).

Meanwhile he recorded several albums of solo material, ranging from sparse classical compositions (‘Float’) to homemade folk music (‘Home’), constantly experimenting with different musical genres (2012’s ‘These Walls Of Mine’ fuses country, folk, Neoclassical, ambient and hip-hop), and also being commissioned to write music for several films and contemporary dance works (‘Music For Falling From Trees’, ‘Music For Contemporary Dance’). He then lived in Berlin for several years where he met and collaborated with Nils Frahm, Dustin O’ Halloran, Machinefabriek, Lubomyr Melnyk and several others.

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Press:

“Incremental creep of wickedness” — BBC Music
“A songwriter of beguiling depth” — The Sunday Times
“A series of shiveringly atmospheric compositions” — Q
“Painfully young and unnervingly talented” — The Economist
“A precociously talented multi-instrumentalist” — The Independent

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LOCH LOMOND (USA/Chemikal Underground)

Loch Lomond is the Portland Oregon-based chamber pop/folk group which began as a solo project of Ritchie Young in 2003 with their debut release ‘When We Were Mountains’. While Broderick has joined the band numerous times (drums, violin, mandolin, vocals), Loch Lomond have released three further albums to date: ‘Paper The Walls’ in 2007; ‘Little Me Will Start A Storm’ in 2011 and current full-length ‘Dresses’ in 2013. Loch Lomond are currently signed to the prestigious Glasgow-based independent label Chemikal Underground (The Phantom Band, Adrian Crowley, Aidan Moffat).

Press:

“Vaguely surreal, harmonic and orchestral”
—The List

“Evokes the articulation of emotion synthesized sweetly, euphonically, gracefuly… perfectly”
—Drowned in Sound

“Very much the work of a band playing off each other’s strengths… a quiet triumph”
—The Line of Best Fit

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/lochlomondmusic
http://www.chemikal.co.uk/artists/loch-lomond/

 


 

Fractured Air presents
Peter Broderick (plus band) w/ special guests Loch Lomond
Half Moon Theatre, Cork on Sunday 19 October 2014

Tickets are €15, available now from Cork Opera House box office, Emmet Place, Cork.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE:
http://www.corkoperahouse.ie/events/peter-broderick-plus-band

 


 

Peter Broderick: Album by Album

The following is a selection of some of our favorite albums from Peter Broderick’s recorded output to date:

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Greg Gives Peter Space ‘Greg Gives Peter Space’ (Erased Tapes, 2014)

Greg Gives Peter Space is the long-awaited first collaborative work with Peter Broderick and Greg Haines, which was released last June (via download and vinyl release) on the ever-illuminating independent label, Erased Tapes. Inspired by the pair’s obsession with dub music, the gifted multi-instrumentalists create sublime soundscapes, derived from rhythmically driven tracks, evoking the spirit of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, King Tubby and Augustus Pablo. On the utterly transcendent track, ‘The Drive’, Broderick asks “Are you ready for this?” — Greg Gives Peter Space unfolds layers of stunningly beautiful violin passages, ethereal sounds from tape-worn synthesizers, celestial harmonies and a hypnotic bassline. Welcome to the ever-expanding and shape shifting sounds of this incredibly exciting new collaboration.

Last month Greg Haines compiled a Dub-inspired mixtape for us, LISTEN HERE.

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Lubomyr Melnyk ‘Corollaries’ (Erased Tapes, 2013)

‘Corollaries’ occurred in a sense, by accident. Ukrainian pianist and composer, Lubomyr Melnyk met Peter Broderick and Nils Frahm in Cologne, Germany at an ambient music festival during 2012. It was destiny that these special souls would cross paths and soon, light was shone on a dream collaboration. This project was given a name — ‘Corollaries’ — and represents a truly beautiful moment in contemporary music. As ever, the Erased Tapes label is responsible for a truly innovative and imaginative work of art. The five pieces of music contained in ‘Corollaries’ is steeped in unerring beauty and human emotion. ‘Corollaries’ was recorded and produced by Peter Broderick with the additional help of Nils Frahm and Martyn Heyne.

Last year we spoke with Lubomyr Melnyk about the making of ‘Corollaries’, READ INTERVIEW HERE.

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‘Float 2013’ (Erased Tapes, 2013)

Re-issue of Peter Broderick’s 2008 debut solo album ‘Float’ (originally released on John Twells’ Type imprint), remastered by Nils Frahm in his Berlin-based Durton Studio. The resultant ten tracks are lovingly re-mastered by Frahm to re-create the album Broderick had initially released five years previously, in 2008. A timeless treasure of modern-classical compositions, ‘Float’ showcases the gifted talents of the American composer, containing immaculate instrumentation of piano, violin, cello, banjo, guitar, and vocals. In the words of Peter Broderick: “In so many ways I’ve found myself coming around the circle, back to the place I started, only perhaps the circle itself has moved. But the dream is the same. And my little baby has a new pair of shoes: Float 2013.”

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‘These Walls Of Mine’ (Erased Tapes, 2012)

A collection of ten vocal and lyrical experiments, ‘These Walls Of Mine’ effortlessly combines electronica, folk, gospel, soul, hip hop and classical music. The innovative body of work features some of Broderick’s most cherished recordings, from the gorgeous country lament ‘Freyr!’, the ‘Spirit Of Eden’ era ‘I’ve Tried’ to the transcendent title-track, which is introduced as “some words on a page with an intention of recording an audio interpretation of these words”. As ever, Broderick’s artistry is in full-bloom where the influences of such pioneering artists as Arthur Russell and Talk Talk are in evidence through Broderick’s singular artistic vision and unwillingness to rest on his laurels.

In 2012 we spoke with Peter Broderick about the making of ‘These Walls Of Mine’, READ INTERVIEW HERE.

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‘Music For Falling From Trees’ (Erased Tapes, 2009)

‘Music For Falling From Trees’ is a 30-minute piece, in seven sections, created for a contemporary dance by London-based choreographer Adrienne Hart. As Broderick recounts (from the album’s liner notes): “I had been making music for a variety of film projects, but the thought of scoring a dance was very exciting to me. I was on tour at the time, so I wasn’t able to start writing the music until I had a break in early January. The dance premiered on January 21st, so I had about three weeks to create the score. I camped out up in the top of my father’s barn with some minimal recording equipment, my violin and viola, and an old broken piano.”

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‘Home’ (Bella Union, 2008)

Released in 2008, shortly after ‘Float’, Broderick’s Bella Union debut is rooted in cinematic folk terrain, as stunningly beautiful soundscapes of fragile guitar notes and celestial harmonies awakens your senses. ‘Home’ feels just that, familiar, warm and intimate. An album as special as they come, one which has become a close companion for the past half-decade or so that continues to reveal new meaning and significance.

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Oliveray ‘Wonders’ (Erased Tapes, 2011)

This gem was put out a few years back by Berlin-based label Erased Tapes and continues to reveal more with every single listen. A stunning collaboration between longtime friends Nils Frahm and Peter Broderick (Olive and Ray are the authors’ middle names) includes two incredible covers — of Tiny Vipers (‘Dreamer’) and Efterklang (‘Harmonics’) — while the album’s six other original compositions confirm both Frahm and Broderick as two of the most wonderfully exciting artists making music today.

 


 

Fractured Air presents
Peter Broderick (plus band) w/ special guests Loch Lomond
Half Moon Theatre, Cork on Sunday 19 October 2014

Tickets are €15, available now from Cork Opera House box office, Emmet Place, Cork.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE:
http://www.corkoperahouse.ie/events/peter-broderick-plus-band

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http://www.peterbroderick.net/
http://www.erasedtapes.com/
http://bellaunion.com/

 


 

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July 28, 2014 at 5:33 pm

Chosen One: Angel Olsen

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Interview with Angel Olsen.

“My writing comes to me in waves and never with any specific theme, at least not one I can recognize while it happens. Over time the songs begin referring to different things, sometimes I forget where they began, knowing too that my own nostalgia can be unreal, or inaccurate..and buried beneath some romantic idea of what I thought was an epiphany.”

—Angel Olsen

Words: Mark Carry, Illustration: Craig Carry

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I first came across Angel Olsen by a simple twist of fate. During 2011 Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s latest record ‘Wolfroy Goes To Town’ was released to the world, and one of the creative sparks from those recordings is Olsen’s beguiling voice. Her harmonies and vocals add new layers of dimension to Will Oldham’s awe-inspiring folk songs. On ‘Wolfroy Goes To Town’ a rejuvenated spirit is born that recalls Bob Dylan’s ‘John Wesley Harding’. A beautiful, clean country sound sweeps you off your feet. The gorgeous blend of harmonies between Oldham and Olsen is a pure joy to savour, akin to Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris from another space and time. A tower of song from this album is ‘New Whaling’; where the mesmerizing harmonies of Olsen, Oldham and Emmett Kelly breathes aching life and windswept beauty. A little later, Bonnie “Prince” Billy came to perform a show in my hometown, at the Cork Opera House. A feast of divine folk and country music. I felt the tradition of folk music and spirit of rock ‘n’ roll unfold before my very eyes. Olsen, on stage right cast an illuminating spell, as did each and every of those masterful musicians.

The Missouri-born, Chicago-based Angel Olsen is a truly unique and gifted singer-songwiter whose latest album ‘Half Way Home’ represents some of the most affecting and empowering folk songs of our time. The intimate country-folk songs become part of you as the song’s lyrics seep into the slipstream of the human space. As ever, it is Olsen’s voice that lies at the forefront of her unique blend of folk music. Integral to the album’s sound is Emmett Kelly, he of The Cairo Gang and fellow-Oldham collaborator. On ‘Half Way Home’, a deep musical telepathy is forever alive between the pair. During the same time of the release of ‘Halfway Home’, Emmett Kelly released ‘The Corner Man’, yet another indispensable chapter from his compelling songbook. In the words of Olsen: “I’ve never met anyone who can grasp onto a sound or feeling with such effortless ease. We were breathing those songs together”.

‘Acrobat’ serves the perfect prologue to ‘Half Way Home’. Olsen’s extraordinary voice resonates powerfully amidst the intricate layers of instrumentation. The steel guitar notes rise and fall beneath Olsen’s words of longing: “I want to be made out of love/I want to be made into life”. Rarely is such raw emotion expressed through the art of song, like this one. I feel the song shares the kindred spirit of Mary Gauthier. The tempo changes on ‘The Waiting’ with its irresistible funk beat and Spector wall of sound. This is Olsen’s ode to The Beatles and The Beach Boys. A truly transcendent pop song is born with immaculate production echoing Brian Wilson’s ‘Pet Sounds’ and 60’s French chanson of Francoise Hardy. “I want to be the one who knows the best way to love you” has gorgeously timeless shades of Dusty Springfield and like any perfect pop song, a depth of heart lies at its core.

‘Safe In The Womb’ is deeply affecting where Olsen’s lyrics become more than mere words, rather, to serve as a sacred poem to guide the heart through the “dark depth” of life’s pain. The lyric of “That we can be anything/If we know anything at all” closes the song that brings light of hope to the foreground. The feelings and emotion that exudes from ‘Safe In The Womb’ creates a profound effect, reminiscent of the poetry of Sylvia Plath. ‘Lonely Universe’ transports me to ‘On The Beach’ era Neil Young. The intro comprises of a sublime blues guitar line as Olsen sings “Goodbye sweet mother earth/Without you now/I am a lonely universe”. The endless searching is etched on the sonic canvas, as the worlds of Townes Van Zandt and Leonard Cohen are beautifully formed. The closing lyrics are true words of inspiration: “Start living out your oldest childhood dreams”.’Lonely Universe’ is “finding your way home” as Olsen has said about ‘Halfway Home’:

“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 home that is inside yourself”.

‘You Are Song’ recalls the timeless spirit of Vashti Bunyan. A song divinely pure and true. Olsen’s beautiful voice seeps into your heart’s core, “With you here it’s been easy to say/That I could never lose sight of what my heart truly is”. The song is a meditative folk lament with a brooding darkness flowing effortlessly beneath: “It is impossible to escape the sound/Of the dark that is following around”. ‘Miranda’ is a country folk gem. The backing harmony on ‘Miranda’ possesses the vivid beauty of Emmylou Harris and the Bonnie “Prince” Billy songbook. The song’s lyrics are sheer poetry –a love poem, so direct and open: “You are a statue/You are like a mountain/Your life with many visions in your eyes”. ‘The Sky Opened Up’ is a cinematic tour de force with slowly building instrumentation of electric guitars. A vast sea of sound is created as a three-dimensional spectrum of shape-shifting rhythm and delicate percussion serves the sonic terrain for Olsen’s otherworldly voice. “There is always somebody to lose” is a lyric that resonates powerfully from the song’s compelling stratosphere of innovative sound.

‘Free’ draws from the Sun Studio recordings from Memphis in the early 50’s, Phil Spector’s wall of sound and The Beach Boys. A glorious bassline runs throughout. The drumbeat and song’s groove is similar to ‘Be My Baby’, a timeless pop gem blossoms before your very eyes. Magnificent beauty in full bloom. Album closer ‘The Tiniest Seed’ brings ‘Half Way Home’ to a fitting close. The spirit of The Band’s hybrid of country, soul and gospel permeates the atmosphere as ‘Halfway Home”s deeply human tones and resonant images are laid to rest. The unique songwriting voice of Angel Olsen offers a deeply immersive journey where each song is a star in the night sky and a dawn for a new day. ‘Half Way Home’ is a work of true art.

“Where is my harmony
Where is my friend
Her voice I hear loud and clear
Only now in my head”

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“Half Way Home” is out now on Bathetic Records.

http://angelolsen.com
http://batheticrecords.com

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Interview with Angel Olsen.

It’s a real honour for me to ask you some questions about your utterly captivating music. 

Thank-you for your curiosity, Mark.

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Congratulations on your truly transcendent work, ‘Half Way Home’-it is such deeply affecting music. The country-folk songs are so intimate, that crawls into your skin and becomes part of you…seeping into the slipstream of my heart and mind. You must feel very proud of the record.
Please tell me about the time and place this collection of songs were given their wings, and put to tape?

I wrote part of ‘HALF WAY HOME’ a few years ago (never really feeling comfortable enough to record them until now) and another part during my recent travels within the last year or so. I think many songs on this record have different themes, I didn’t exactly plan one for the entire record.

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‘Acrobat’ is a wonderful opener to ‘Half Way Home’. As you sing “I want to be made out of love/I want to be made into life”, it resonates very powerfully for me. I think these very words become the essence of ‘Half Way Home’ in its sense of searching and longing. The song is the prologue to the soul journey.
Tell me please about ‘Acrobat’ and the significance of this song on the album as a whole? The acrobat itself is a beautiful symbol and metaphor for life’s wandering, I feel.

This song has gone through many changes- at first it was performed with accordion and sang very loudly. It has since wandered from that and I have also wandered from accordion..however, the words weighed heavier somehow than they had before and in some moment I decided to make this transitioned song a kind of door to the rest of the album.

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‘The Waiting’ has an irresistible soul groove and the song shares the timeless feel of a French chanson from the 60’s. It could be Edith Piaf, Francoise Hardy and Phil Spector rolled into one. Discuss for me please the production on ‘Halfway Home’? It is immaculate.

Emmett Kelly of The Cairo Gang produced the album, giving it that vibe you speak of- we are fans of Phil and Francoise as well as you know.. The Beatles, The Beach Boys. We were kind of nodding to them with a few songs.

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The wonderful Emmett Kelly of The Cairo Gang plays an integral role to the album’s sound and depth. I would love to gain an insight into working with Emmett on fleshing out a song, and the source of inspiration of being a member of the Cairo Gang?

I’ve learned quite a bit from watching and listening and being involved in projects with him. He’s immensely talented. Can pretty much play anything, any instrument any song within minutes. I’ve never met anyone who can grasp onto a sound or a feeling with such effortless ease. We were breathing those songs together. Have you had a chance to check out his music?
He released a record just around the same time as HWH entitled ‘The Corner Man’…
I spent some time with him in the hills of California listening to early drafts he was working on…in my mind that album will always be locked into that travel.

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I have seen you live as part of Bonnie “prince” Billy’s live tour of ‘Wolfroy Goes To Town’, when you played the Cork Opera House. I love the fresh country sound from this Will Oldham record-and your voice serves a vital pulse to the music. Please take me back to this record and the experience of performing with Will Oldham?

I learned a lot from him and from the band, I wish I had been more vocal with my ideas, I hope to be in the future. I went through many extreme changes during the beginnings of working with them, and I am forever thankful.
Performing the record was totally different than sitting in a hot closet singing to a million settings and microphones. I loved how improvisational we could be on stage. I don’t enjoy when music is calculated and easy, that’s not how life is, songs shouldn’t be either.

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‘Lonely Universe’ is a tower of a song. I am transported to ‘On The Beach’ era Neil Young. The music floats by amidst your breathtaking vocals. A blues song-sharing the spark of Karen Dalton. The opening guitar is reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac. Your vocal delivery of the line: “Goodbye sweet mother earth/Without you now/I am a lonely universe” is deeply moving and affecting. Talk me through this song–it’s the album’s centerpiece.

Well, it’s irrelevant but I disagree with much of that. I guess as an artist it’s only natural and expected that I am seeing something different than what may be projected here.

This song is about multiple ideas, situations..and it’s not necessarily about my mothers.
It’s been to me..a song about letting go of roots and becoming a person, allowing myself to exist, to realize how existing is okay even while having nothing, and that somehow having nothing can possibly allow someone or myself to see something clearly.

Have you seen Vagabond?

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When in life did you realize music’s importance? At what point did you find your voice-so to speak- and write/compose songs?

I’ve always been into music, it’s alway been in my head. I think I began articulating things around me much more when I was 17 or 18 and then really noticed a change in my writing during my transition from St.Louis to Chicago.

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You are based in Chicago. Please discuss the musical environment of this city?

Everyone is making art and sharing it, allowing others to partake in it, if I ever move, I know it’s this that I’d miss most.. It’s my home.

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What are the defining records for you, as a musician and singer-songwriter?

The answer to this changes quite a bit, and I assume it will keep on changing..
songs of Love and Hate is one of my favorite albums, and currently I’ve been revisiting ‘Desire’ and ‘Then Play On’.

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‘The Sky Opened Up’ is a gorgeous song-title. I think this song could easily be on ‘Parallelograms’ by Linda Perhacs-the song has this three-dimensional texture. The instrumentation is sublime. Your voice is mesmerizing. The mood is perfectly captured. I feel the musical telepathy is most evident on this cut–did this song just happen spontaneously, as it sounds?

This song happened weeks before recording the album.In my mind it marks a new chapter in my writing.. its possible that newer material may sprout from this change.

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The lyrics to all your songs are words of poetry-words that guide me along the path of life. I can make a comparison to your songs and the poetry of Sylvia Plath; both have made a profound affect on me. I would love to gain an insight into the creative process in you writing?

I don’t often think of my songs as poetry, but a poet recently told me that maybe I should..
I enjoy when one line means many things, I also enjoy being very uncomfortably straight forward. My writing comes to me in waves and never with any specific theme, at least not one I can recognize while it happens. Over time the songs begin referring to different things, sometimes I forget where they began, knowing too that my own nostalgia can be unreal, or inaccurate..and buried beneath some romantic idea of what I thought was an epiphany.
Even if that’s the case- that these songs or some songs are entirely made up over some unreal idea, I still feel somehow that they can make themselves relevant to those who actually experience them.

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“Half Way Home” is out now on Bathetic Records.

http://angelolsen.com
http://batheticrecords.com

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Angel Olsen performs at the Half Moon Theatre, Cork on Friday 3 May. Tickets €10, doors 8.30pm.

For more information please visit:

http://www.corkoperahouse.ie/events/angel-olsen
http://www.thegmanworld.com/