New Release: Angel Olsen – Song of the Lark and Other Far Memories / It’s Every Season (Whole New Mess)

Photo Credit: Kylie Coutts

Angel Olsen has announced Song of the Lark and Other Far Memories, a box set featuring All Mirrors and Whole New Mess, plus a bonus LP, and a 40-page book collection, out 7th May on Jagjaguwar. In conjunction with the announcement, she presents ‘It’s Every Season (Whole New Mess)’.

Originally conceived as a double album, All Mirrors and Whole New Mess were distinct parts of a larger whole, twin stars that each expressed something bigger and bolder than Angel Olsen had ever made. Now, with Song of the Lark and Other Far Memories, these twin stars become a constellation with the full extent of the songs’ iterations: all the alternate takes, b-sides, remixes and reimaginings are here, together. Alongside, a 40-page book collection tells a similar story, not just through outtakes and unseen photos but through the smaller, evocative details: handwritten lyrics, a favourite necklace, a beaded chandelier. As if it could be more plainly stated (there’s nothing more), Angel adds one cover here: a loving, assertive rendition of Roxy Music’s ‘More Than This’.

‘It’s Every Season (Whole New Mess)’ was recorded during the All Mirrors session, and is an alternate version of ‘Whole New Mess’. It has an acoustic backbone, blooming with Olsen’s singular voice. As it continues, the song erupts with drums, electric bass, and Nate Walcott’s brass arrangement…

In first speaking about Song of the Lark and Other Far Memories, Olsen said, “It feels like part of my writing has come back from the past, and another part of it was waiting to exist.” What better way to articulate timelessness. If Whole New Mess holds the truths of Olsen’s enduring self, and All Mirrors documents her ascent toward a new future, Song of the Lark and Other Far Memories exists out of time, capturing the whole artist beyond this one sound, or that one recording, or any one idea. It is a definitive collection, not just of these songs but of their revelations and their writer, from their simplest origins to their mightiest realisations.

Song of the Lark and Other Far Memories is limited to 3,000 physical copies worldwide. To celebrate the announcement, Olsen filmed an unboxing video to show the scope of the package…

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