Before breaking through as a solo artist, singer-songwriter Angel Olsen recorded and toured with iconic indie-folker Bonnie "Prince" Billy, sometimes under the moniker Angela Babbler. Even then, she was always destined to excel on her own. The undeniable evidence? A singing voice that once prompted Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Brownstein to praise her "effortless evocation." Olsen's arresting vocals and her lonesome (but not hopeless) lyrics gave her a singular identity on her breakout 2012 album, Half Way Home
, though that LP also recalled Joni Mitchell and Vashti Bunyan. With her sophomore release, 2014's Burn Your Fire for No Witness
, Olsen introduced a new blend of folk, country, and punk aided by producer/engineer John Congleton's array of microphones and the presence of a full band. This year, the 29-year-old from St. Louis is readying her third album, My Woman
, set for a September release. She recently teased the synthesizer-sparkled single "Intern," which showcases her vocal range while signaling continued evolution. With Scott Tuma.