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Alternative & Indie - Released May 7, 2021 | Jagjaguwar

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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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