This one came out while the blog went dark for a few months and you’ve probably heard it (multiple times) by now, but goddamn if I’d be remiss not to mention it at some point before the end of the year. “Sister” is the centerpiece of Olsen’s My Woman, the perfect marriage of her Opry-ready croons and more recent forays into traditional indie and pop. This is also the first time I could conceivably trick a family member into thinking they were listening to a long-lost Fleetwood Mac song and have them believe me. Maybe the best second half of a song since Built to Spill stole our hearts nearly two decades ago.
My second cover song post in a row. This one is Mac Demarco lending his particular brand of whimsy to Angel Olsen’s “Lights Out”, from this year’s stellar Burn Your Fire for No Witness. Of particular note is Mac’s hairband and sharpie combo in lieu of an actual capo.