The Preatures out of Sydney, Australia came on my radar again after seeing their name on the list of SXSW artists. When I was first introduced to this song, I looped it about a hundred times that day, as I am wont to do in the obsessive stage of hearing something I like for the first time. Today I have been doing the same. Sent the song over to my mother, who noted the Prince influence. Spot on, mom. You can practically hear the ghost of Sheena Easton lurking in the mix. I’d been thinking Fleetwood Mac. It’s so freaking breezy in sound and mood, the light bass line just bounces while the vocals stay silky smooth.
Don’t think she is like all those twee, quirky singer-songwriters with weird inflections in their voices that you hear on every single car commercial, Angel Olsen is a true talent. When she played the Hi Dive last April, she captivated the audience, just her and her guitar. While a backing band eventually joined in, it was nothing like the electric glimpses she has been giving us of her album Burn Your Fire For No Witness out February 18th on Jagjaguwar. Combining her soulful, crackly Americana voice with fuzz guitar is a match made in heaven, and today she released her next single off the album, “Hi-Five”. My first instinct on first listen was to tear up when she croons “Are you lonely too?”, she somehow hits you straight in the feelings. This new album is going to make her a major star. Listen here: