New Release & Video: Angel Olsen – Big Time

Photo Credit: Angela Ricciardi

Angel Olsen has today unveiled the title track and its video from her new album, Big Time, out 3rd June on Jagjaguwar. ‘Big Time’ is a country song where Olsen fully embraces a sound she’s been flirting with throughout her career.

“Guess I had to be losin’ to get here on time // And I’m living I’m loving I’ve loved long before // I’m loving you big time I’m loving you more,” Olsen sings, the warmth of her lyrics bolstered by winding pedal steel and her magnetic voice. The song’s cinematic video was directed once again by Kimberly Stuckwisch with choreography by Monika Felice Smith.

Read below for the director’s statement….

“For ‘Big Time,’ we set out to celebrate how humans identify and to subvert the old-fashioned gender binary and societal/internalized gender roles of the past through choreography, color, and wardrobe. To exist outside strict definitions is powerful and often not given a place in cinema. This was our chance to hold a positive reflection in the space and to shout to the world that you are more than who you are told to be.

‘Big Time’ is what happens when we do not express our true identity but find freedom when we step out of the shadows into our most authentic selves. In the first rotation, the lighting is drab, the clothes are monochromatic, the dance is monotonous . . . gender-conforming roles present. However, with each rotation, something magical happens, both our cast and Angel begin to come alive, to feel free. We see the clothes brighten, the dance heightens, and the bar that was once devoid of emotion can barely contain the joy bursting out of each individual.

I am proud to say that over 80% of our cast and 50% of our crew identified as nonbinary and non-gender conforming.” – Kimberly Stuckwisch

As previously announced, every CD and LP copy of Big Time ordered directly from the label store will include an additional charge to offset the carbon emissions of each piece. Jagjaguwar, in partnership with Terra Lumina Consulting, calculated emissions and costs to achieve a carbon negative product for “cradle-to-grave” use of each physical piece: from the mining of materials, to pressing and shipping, to the electricity consumed by your stereo at home, to end of life disposal. Carbon offsets will be purchased through Native, supporting the Medford Spring Grassland project.

Later this year Olsen will head out on an autumn European tour which takes her around the UK including a stop at London’s O2 Academy Brixton in October. All shows are listed below…

26 Sep – Lisbon, PT @ Capitólio
27 Sep – Lisbon, PT @ Capitólio
29 Sep – Madrid, ES @ La Riviera
30 Sep – Barcelona, ES @ Sala Apolo
1 Oct – Lyon, FR @ L’ Epicerie Moderne
2 Oct – Zurich, CH @ Kaufleuten
4 Oct – Munich, DE @ Freiheitshalle
5 Oct – Vienna, AT @ WUK
6 Oct – Warsaw, PL @ Palladium
7 Oct – Berlin, DE @ Huxleys
9 Oct – Stockholm, SE @ Berns
10 Oct – Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller
11 Oct – Copenhagen, DK @ VEGA
13 Oct – Cologne, DE @ Gloria
14 Oct – Paris, FR @ Bataclan
15 Oct – Leuven, BE @ Het Depot
16 Oct – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso

18 Oct – London @ O2 Academy Brixton
19 Oct – Bath @ The Forum
20 Oct – Edinburgh @ Usher Hall
21 Oct – Manchester @ Albert Hall
24 Oct – Dublin @ Vicar Street

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