Angel Olsen began Brooklyn Steel run, with Zsela & fire alarm delays (pics, video)
Angel Olsen began her three-night, sold-out run behind this year’s stunning, orchestral All Mirrors at Brooklyn Steel on Thursday (11/21). Her current live show, which includes a cellist and violin player, really enhances the album’s atmospheric soundscapes, as does her stage setup and light show. The soaring title track burst into life with a dynamic light display, while smoke-filled backdrops featured the architecture depicted in the album’s cover art. The roof of the stage was encased with four decorative chandelier pendants from the Beaux Arts era to complete the aesthetic.
The nearly two-hour set, which also included “New Love Cassette,” showstopper “Summer,” and lots more, finished with “True Blue,” her Mark Ronson collaboration from earlier in the year. Angel didn’t take too kindly to an audience member seemingly throwing an empty wine bottle towards the stage, and used the quiet moments between songs to allude to a recent heartbreak. There were light moments, too. Amusingly, she briefly forgot the words to “Shut Up Kiss Me” and teased a cover of Blind Melon’s “No Rain” throughout the show by taking turns with fellow band member to play the song’s famous opening riff.
The night got off to a rocky start, with a fire alarm going off during the first song of Zsela‘s opening set but, apart from a 40-minute delay, it didn’t dampen the evening too much. Check out pics from the whole night in the gallery above, and watch fan-shot video of Angel’s set below.
Angel’s Brooklyn Steel run continues tonight with Vagabon opening, and Saturday with Madi Diaz opening. There’s also the interactive “Behind All Mirrors” installation at Villain on Saturday afternoon (RSVP is now full).
photos by Toby Tenenbaum