On Monday night at Three Links, Angel Olsen began her set with two rolicking numbers, "Forgiven/Forgotten" and "Hi-Five," the second and third tracks on her outstanding new record, Burn Your Fire For No Witness. Olsen's opening choices were auspicious because the songs let her show off her solid four-piece band, her dexterous voice and her serrated songwriting.
Singing and playing rhythm guitar, Olsen was supported by Stewart Bronaugh on lead guitar, Josh Jaeger on drums, and Emily Elhaj on bass. Together the mates created music that harkened to Spector's wall of sound and Sun Records' shuffling, strutting rhythm patterns. On "Hi-Five" Olsen rumbled from a Roy Orbison warble to an Emmylou Harris near-yodel in a single line, while Elhaj and Jaeger kept the rhythm solidly on Memphis time.