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Alternative & Indie - Released October 4, 2019 | Jagjaguwar

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Three years after My Woman, an album which saw her move even further away from her main influences (Cat Power, Hope Sandoval from Mazzy Star, Kate Bush, PJ Harvey) as she pursued her grungy indie folk (which incorporated Americana and vintage sounds) Angel Olsen has signed a more silky, shimmering and even luxurious production here. There are no commercial compromises in All Mirrors, just a clear desire to soak her music in less troubled waters… The sound is bigger, the arrangements more elaborate and the instrumentation even includes strings, again impeccably measured. Much like Annie Clark a.k.a. St Vincent, Olsen blends a powerful explosion of fury and strong self-acceptance, boosted by impressive melodies. The American is also at ease in moving from dark atmospheres to almost playful sequences. A stylistic richness that becomes even greater each time you listen to it. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released September 2, 2016 | Jagjaguwar

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 18, 2014 | Jagjaguwar

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 18, 2014 | Jagjaguwar

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 28, 2020 | Jagjaguwar

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Angel Olsen's spare, echoey Whole New Mess is a prequel of sorts, the blueprints that led to the ornate orchestral pop of her acclaimed 2019 release All Mirrors. Recorded in a converted church in rural Washington state, the new album contains demos of nine songs that appeared on All Mirrors, some with different lyrics or titles, as well as two previously unreleased originals. You can almost hear Olsen's diehard fans…Demos rather than new material? Groan. That reaction is likely to be temporary. Because in tone and spirit, if not structure, these solo versions are revealingly different. With them, Olsen invites listeners inside the ongoing what-if-we-tried-this? musings that are part of the songwriting process and shows how the intention and resonance of a song can change depending on the setting or the moods and whims of the interpreter. Olsen has said that the songs of All Mirrors followed the demise of a long romantic relationship; these demos show her working out not just the basic structures but also how raw to be. Her words grapple with deep notions of commitment, trust and betrayal, and as she seeks the most effective ways to deliver them, she's mindful of the ratios between narrative detail and broad emotional tone, between the sting of reality and blissed out hooks. She delivers the "Lark Song" verses with deceptively calm detachment, like she's just bricklaying to get the ideas down. That changes when she reaches the hook, which she belts with cathartic abandon. Similarly abrupt shifts (in tone and also the amount of reverb) define the hypnotic "Impasse": Knowing where she landed, with the expansive Roy Orbison-like orchestral tilt of the All Mirrors version, it's interesting to hear earlier points on the journey, with Olsen singing as though she's leaving herself notes (about peaks, valleys and the spaces in between) for future sessions. But the Whole New Mess version is mesmeric on its own, a reminder that a solidly constructed song reveals its truths regardless of the setting. © Tom Moon/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released May 7, 2021 | Jagjaguwar

Behind the long title, a long album: in fact, this is two albums run together. This release brings together the last two works from this singer, writer and musician. Angel’s previous two albums, All Mirrors (2019) and Whole New Mess (2020), were written as one double album, before finally coming out separately (as it happens, Whole New Mess was recorded before All Mirrors, even though it came out later... go figure). Indeed, these two records are twins, with some tracks appearing in different versions on both. This new release sees them reunited at last, accompanied by alternative studio recordings, B-sides, a cover version and some remixes. Angel Olsen has explained that this is her way of bringing a certain period of her life to a close before starting a new chapter. On this work, she is setting forth her own vision of a deconstructed style of folk: the effect is something of a mix of Cat Power and the more lyrical flights of Lana Del Rey (take, for example, (New Love) Cassette or (Summer Song) on Whole New Mess).  Having stepped out beyond her earlier, smaller audience made up of just a "happy few", she is now flirting with a rather more mainstream crowd, as her selection of remixes suggests. The likeable Johnny Jewel, mastermind of the Chromatics, who featured on David Lynch's Twin Peaks: The Return (2017) lends a cool sound and some dancefloor beats to All Mirrors while master of hits Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse, Bruno Mars) brings a darker hip-hop touch to (New Love) Cassette. Another novelty here is the rather simple cover of the Roxy Music hit, More Than This, which has a whiff of karaoke about it. It may even be a deliberate nod to the version sung by Bill Murray in Sofia Coppola's classic film Lost In Translation. Songs of the Lark and Other Far Memories is a kind of big cake: a sumptuous birthday cake marking Angel Olson's transition out of the smaller circles of indie rock and out into the big wide world. © Yan Céh/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released November 10, 2017 | Jagjaguwar

One year after the release of her superb My Woman, Angel Olsen opens her treasure chest with this collection of B sides, demos and unpublished rarities. Twelve tracks dug up from seven years of recordings, among which we find Special, an original piece from the My Woman sessions, or even the luscious Fly On Your Wall, escaped from the Our First 100 Days project. Even if all this isn’t as invaluable as the "real" records from the Missouri native such as My Woman or Burn Your Fire For No Witness which came out in 2014, this true-false compilation remains an essential piece in the mega puzzle of Angel Olsen, goddess of indie folk mottled with grunge, Americana and vintage sounds… © MD/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released March 30, 2021 | Jagjaguwar

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 10, 2020 | Jagjaguwar

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 20, 2021 | Jagjaguwar

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 19, 2020 | Jagjaguwar

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 10, 2014 | Jagjaguwar

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 17, 2020 | Jagjaguwar

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 30, 2016 | Jagjaguwar

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 22, 2017 | Jagjaguwar

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 25, 2016 | Jagjaguwar

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 7, 2016 | Jagjaguwar

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 7, 2017 | Jagjaguwar

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 22, 2017 | Jagjaguwar

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 14, 2013 | Jagjaguwar

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