Angel Olsen, “May As Well”

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 10.30.14 in Listen to This

Just when you thought Angel Olsen couldn’t get any sparer than the previously unreleased slow-burner her label shared last month — “All Right Now,” which features lilting guitar lines and a few stray, canon-like drums — the singer-songwriter went ahead and released “May As Well.” Stripped to its bare essentials, the country-leaning ballad lays it all out on the table: Olsen’s beating heart, her brutally honest lyrics, a couple minor-keyed chords. The result is more than just another bonus track on Olsen’s looming Burn Your Fire For No Witness (Jagjaguwar, November 18) reissue; it’s a fitting slice of mid-fi folk that fits like that autumnal sweater Yo La Tengo used to talk about.