What you should be listening to: Angel Olsen; Rome Fortune; Lydia Loveless

A weekly selection of notable recordings.

Angel Olsen’s new album is “Burn Your Fire For No Witness.” (Photo: Zia Anger)

If you think songs about heartache should throb like a headache . . .

Angel Olsen’s new album, “Burn Your Fire For No Witness,” is articulate and dense in a way that resembles Leonard Cohen fronting Mazzy Star. Throughout, Olsen — a Chicago-based songwriter who’s collaborated with Will Oldham — delivers phrases with great nuance, but the album’s winning line is its most obvious and urgent: “I don’t know anything, but I love you.”

“Beautiful Pimp 2″ is the airy new mixtape from Rome Fortune. (Photo: Ian Goodwin)

If you like rappers who mull . . .

Rome Fortune’s airy “Beautiful Pimp 2” mixtape is filled with daydreams delivered in a breathy, lucid, conspiratorial tone. The music, produced entirely by Cito on the Beat echoes Outkast, but the syllables drip from Fortune’s lips like his forgotten ATL forebear Bobby Creekwater

If you believe rockabilly rookies deserve second chances . . .

After a couple so-so albums, the 23-year-old Ohio native Lydia Loveless finally has a really good one with “Somewhere Else.” Her best songs sound like Fleetwood Mac hits coated in sawdust instead of glitter, and her poised cover of Kirsty MacColl’s hallmark 1979 single “They Don’t Know” is worth the price of admission alone.

Chris Richards has been the Post's pop music critic since 2009. He's recently written about summer songs, festival fatigue, metal drumming and D.C. rap star Shy Glizzy.



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