Angel Olsen - Whole New Mess

Limited Clear Smoke Translucent Vinyl LP + Download

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Whole New Mess is the fifth studio album by American indie rock singer songwriter Angel Olsen, released in August 2020 via Jagjaguwar Records.

Angel Olsen is an American folk and indie rock singer and guitarist who has recorded and toured as a backing singer with Bonnie "Prince" Billy and the Cairo Gang, before embarking on her own career. Angel Olsen began singing as a young girl in St. Louis. Her self-released debut EP, Strange Cacti, belied both that early period of discovery and her Midwestern roots. Olsen then went further on Half Way Home (2012), her first full-length album, which mined essential themes while showcasing a more developed voice. Olsen dared to be more personal.

Whole New Mess combines the dazzling ambition of All Mirrors with the force and power of Angel Olsen as a solo performer.

Whole New Mess was recorded over ten days in October 2018 with engineer Michael Harris. The pair worked in isolation in the town of Anacortes, Washington, recording in a converted Catholic church. Olsen would use the church's corridors to create a natural echo effect on her vocals.

Many of these songs are already established as among the best she has ever written, and they are presented here at their most fundamental. Recorded not as demos but as a necessary and intentional precursor to All Mirrors, Whole New Mess reinforced Olsen as an incomparable songwriter and performer.

Considered alongside ‘All Mirrors’, ‘Whole New Mess’ is a poignant and pointed reminder that songs are more than mere collections of words, chords and even melodies.

The album was written following the collapse of a romantic relationship, with Olsen noting in an interview with David Smyth of the Evening Standard: "…I was really depressed. I had no idea whether the songs were good. They were just about my life. I could have recorded them at home and kept them as demos, but I knew Michael [Harris] was someone I could be depressed in front of, who would help me to explore it in different ways. It was such an emotional process...".

This album is a limited edition on clear smoke translucent coloured vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve with printed inner sleeve, fold out poster, and download code, pressed in the US via Jagjaguwar.

(10766)

Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

Time

A1

Whole New Mess

3:43

A2

Too Easy (Bigger Than Us)

2:32

A3

(New Love) Cassette

2:50

A4

(We Are All Mirrors)

2:37

A5

(Summer Song)

4:10

A6

Waving, Smiling

3:52

B1

Tonight (Without You)

4:01

B2

Lark Song

6:31

B3

Impasse (Workin' For The Name)

3:48

B4

Chance (Forever Love)

5:29

B5

What It Is (What It Is)

2:36

SKU 10766
Record Label Jagjaguwar Records
Label / Model # Independent
Catalogue Number JAG354
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 28 August 2020
Original Release Date (Year) 28 August 2020
Barcode # 656605235431
Shipping Weight 0.5600kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Clear Smoke Translucent Coloured Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Prined Inner Sleeve, 24" x 24" Poster, Digital Download Code
Vinyl Colour Clear
Genre Folk
Format VINYL LP

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