Before ”Hi-Five” and “Forgiven/Forgotten” dropped a tonne of brambly distortion on our unsuspecting heads, the music of Angel Olsen reimagined as a late night talk show probably would have been a forlorn affair: a cuckolded house band, the faint sense that life is a painful yet imitable dream, etc. But now that her output has started to rock, it makes sense that Savannah Shenanigans with Angel Olsen!! (as I’ve called it) becomes a bit more performance art-y. Angel wanders around the set of her new video making gestures and jerky dances that seem odd but could really have been lifted from an older variety show, as director Zia Anger hints in the press release:
“[Television shows from the '60s and '70s] were always so wild and psychedelic and humorous from afar. The more you watch them, the more wooden and awkward the performances become. There is a certain loneliness captured. The song ‘Hi-Five’ seems to contain the same sort of duality.”
It’s the talk show to end all talk shows! Because all talk shows are worthless.