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CULTURE | 16.11.2016

Playlist: Intern by Angel Olsen

„Everyone I know has got their own ideal
I just want to be alive, make something real“

Before Angel Olsen made a name for herself with her own music, she toured with Bonnie “Prince” Billy and the Cairo Gang as a background singer. “My Woman” is her third album to be released, and with songs such as “Intern” it is bound to make the indie folk hope from St. Louis in Missouri a worthy competitor not only for retro queen Lana Del Rey. Her lyrics are like a musical reproach of some of the undesirable developments in our society.

In times when a flawless complexion, a perfectly trained body, and the most expensive “it”-bag are all many people seem to talk about or strive for, Olsens’s “Intern” is a gentle wake-up call. Without howls of protest the 29-year-old reminds us in the song, which is just under two minutes long, that we are quite perfect without all of these #lifegoals. Whether we don a tinsel wig, like the artist herself, or leave the house with lightly smeared lipstick. Just be you!

The fact that Angel Olsen sings lines such as “Doesn’t matter who you are or what you do” quietly over harmonious beats lends her message even more importance and poignancy. Raw talent, far from any hype – with this secret recipe Olsen, who would have liked to live in the 1930s or ’50s, is conquering new fans all over the world.

Photos: PR (via angelolsen.com)

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