White Fire

Album: Burn Your Fire For No Witness (2014)
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  • This rumination over distant youth serves as the emotional centerpiece of Burn Your Fire For No Witness, Angel Olsen's debut album with Jagjaguwar after a lengthy stint with her friend's label, Bathetic Records. It was also the Missouri-born singer-songwriter's first full band release, having enlisted her former Chicago cafe co-worker Josh Jaeger to play drums and the stickman's friend Stewart Bronaugh as bassist.
  • Olsen told Billboard magazine that she didn't originally intend to record the song. "It was one of the last things I had written and wasn't meant to be shared, but I ended up taking the album title from it," she said.

    "A lot of the songs on the album are about knowing the self outside of everything else and I think of ('White Fire') as being from the perspective of this character who has grown old and is going back to the beginning of who they were," Olsen added. "They're thinking about how many times they were defiant and confident that they were doing the right thing, but in hindsight they're like 'Oh, that was kind of silly. I was so fierce and yet so wrong.'"


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