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Angel Olsen Shares Stunning Video for Epic New Song “Lark”

All Mirrors Due Out October 4 via Jagjaguwar

Sep 12, 2019
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Angel Olsen is releasing a new album, All Mirrors, on October 4 via Jagjaguwar. Previously she shared a haunting black & white video for its title track, "All Mirrors," which was #1 on our Songs of the Week list. Now she has shared the album's second single, "Lark," also via a video. It's going to take some major upset for this stunning and epic track not to be our #1 Song of the Week tomorrow. Just wow! Also, based on Olsen's performance in the video, she should seriously try her hand at acting in movies. Ashley Connor directed both videos. Watch and listen to "Lark" below, followed by Olsen's upcoming tour dates.

Olsen had this to say about the song in a press release: "'Lark' is a song that took many years to finish. The disjointed feelings and verses of this song began to make sense as a way for me to exercise a kind of journey through grieving, a kind of personal struggle. The message of the song developed at first from an argument I once had with someone about trust and support. Later, I pulled from recurring themes in my life as a musician and as a human that dreams for a living. It's easy to promise the world to those we love, but what about when our dreams change and values split?"
 
The video was filmed in North Carolina's Asheville and Outer Banks. Director Ashley Connor had this to say about it in the press release: "'Lark' is the cathartic release we all ask for but so rarely get, an anthem to scream on the tops of hills or in the back of a truck or just in the privacy of our own home. We cried on beaches, we broke bones, got wet, rolled in the grass, danced around a fire with friends and gave each other a lot of hugs - an apt exploration of every broken heart we've ever had."

Olsen purposefully recorded two versions of All Mirrors, starting with a stripped down solo version recorded with producer Michael Harris in Anacortes, Washington. Then she recorded another, full band, version with producer John Congleton (who produced Olsen's 2014 album Burn Your Fire for No Witness), alongside arranger Jherek Bischoff, multi-instrumentalist/arranger/pre-producer Ben Babbitt, and a 14-piece orchestra. Originally Olsen's plan was to release both versions of the album at the same time, but then, as she stated in a previous press release, she decided she "needed to separate these two records and release All Mirrors in its heaviest form.... It was impossible for me to deny how powerful and surprising the songs had become. The truth is that I may have never allowed this much sonic change in the first place had I not already made an account of the same songs in their purest form."  

A limited edition and exclusive All Mirrors bundle from Jagjaguwar has the album on opaque aquamarine vinyl and includes a 7-inch for "All Mirrors" on silver with black splatter vinyl that includes the album version of "All Mirrors" on one side and a solo version titled "We Are All Mirrors" on the other side.

Of the title track and the album title, Olsen had this to say in the previous press release: "I chose this one as the title because I liked the theme: the theme of how we are all mirrors to and for each other. Even if that is not all of it, there is always an element of projection in what we'd like to see in people and scenarios and in the way we see ourselves in those scenarios, with those people."

Summing up the album in the press release, Olsen had this to say: "In every way - from the making of it, to the words, to how I feel moving forward, this record is about owning up to your darkest side, finding the capacity for new love and trusting change even when you feel like a stranger."

The press release describes the album this way: "On her vulnerable new album, All Mirrors, Olsen takes an introspective deep dive towards internal destinations and revelations. In the process of making this album, she found a new sound and voice, a blast of fury mixed with hard won self-acceptance. All Mirrors gets its claws into you on both micro and macro levels. Of course, there's that singular vibrato, always so very close - seemingly simple, cooed phrases expand into massive ideas about the inability to love and universal loneliness. And then suddenly - huge string arrangements and bellowing synth swells emerge, propelling the apocalyptic tenor."

Olsen's previous full-length album was 2016's MY WOMAN, also via Jagjaguwar. It made it to #3 on Under the Radar's Top 100 Albums of 2016 list. In 2017 she released Phases, a collection of B-sides, rarities, and demos, including some previously unreleased tracks. It was our Album of the Week.

In June Olsen was the guest vocalist on "True Blue," a song on Mark Ronson's new album, Late Night Feelings. Olsen also wrote the song, which was #2 on our Songs of the Week list.

Read our 2016 interview with Olsen.

Angel Olsen Tour Dates:

Wed. Oct. 30 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes *
Thu. Oct. 31 - Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall *
Fri. Nov. 1 - Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre *
Mon. Nov. 4 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse *
Tue. Nov. 5 - New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre *
Thu. Nov. 7 - Austin, TX @ Stubb's (Levitation) *
Fri. Nov. 8 - Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater *
Sat. Nov. 9 - Oklahoma City, OK @ The Criterion *
Sun. Nov. 10 - Lawrence, KS @ The Granada *
Tue. Nov. 12 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue *
Wed. Nov. 13 - Madison, WI @ The Sylvee *
Thu. Nov. 14 - Chicago, IL @ The Riviera Theatre *
Fri. Nov. 15 - Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre *
Sat. Nov. 16 - Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre *
Mon. Nov. 18 - Montreal, QC @ mTelus *
Tue. Nov. 19 - Boston, MA @ Royale *
Thu. Nov. 21 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel !
Fri. Nov. 22 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel *
Sat. Nov. 23 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel ^
Mon. Dec. 2 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren *
Tue. Dec. 3 - San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park *
Thu. Dec. 5 - Los Angeles, CA @ Palace Theater *
Fri. Dec. 6 - Los Angeles, CA @ Palace Theater #
Sat. Dec. 7 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater *
Mon. Dec. 9 - Portland, OR @ Roseland *
Tue. Dec. 10 - Vancouver, BC @ The Orpheum Theatre *
Wed. Dec. 11 - Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre *
Fri. Dec. 13 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot *
Sat. Dec. 14 - Denver, CO @ The Gothic Theatre *
Sun. Dec. 15 - Denver, CO @ The Gothic Theatre *
Wed. Jan. 22 - Lisbon, PT @ Capitólio %
Thu. Jan. 23 - Lisbon, PT @ Capitólio %
Fri. Jan. 24 - Porto, PT @ Hard Club %
Sat. Jan. 25 - Madrid, ES @ Sala BUT %
Sat. Jan. 26 - Barcelona, ES @ Sala Razzmatazz %
Tue. Jan. 28 - Geneva, CH @ Festival Antigel 
Wed. Jan. 29 - Munich, DE @ Kammerspiele %
Thu. Jan. 30 - Berlin, DE @ Huxleys Neue Welt %
Fri. Jan. 31 - Copenhagen, DK @ Vega %
Sat. Feb. 1 - Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller %
Mon. Feb. 3 - Stockholm, SE @ Vasateatern %
Tue. Feb. 4 - Gothenburg, SE @ Pustervik %
Wed. Feb. 5 - Hamburg, DE  @ Gruenspan %
Thu. Feb. 6 - Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso %
Fri. Feb. 7 - Antwerp, BE @ De Roma %
Sat. Feb. 8 - Paris, FR @ La Cigale %
Mon. Feb. 10 - Bristol, UK @ SWX %
Tue. Feb. 11 - London, UK @ Eventim Apollo %
Thu. Feb. 13 - Manchester, UK @ O2 Ritz %
Fri. Feb. 14 - Glasgow, UK @ Barrowland Ballroom %
 
* = w/ Vagabon
^ = w/ Madi Diaz
! = w/ Zsela
# = w/ Rodrigo Amarante
& = w/ Lean Year
% = Hand Habits

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