Angel Olsen will release her fourth full-length album, All Mirrors, on October 4th via Jagjaguwar.
Olsen’s bold and unexpected All Mirrors comes over three years after the release of MY WOMAN, one of the finest albums of 2016. In conjunction with today’s announcement, Olsen unveils the title track and its video, directed by Ashley Connor and conceived by Olsen.
Take a listen below…
Over heavy synth and oscillating percussion, lead single ‘All Mirrors’ navigates between the perception of what one wants to see and reality. “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,” says Olsen. “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.”
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.
In creating All Mirrors, Olsen initially planned to work on a dual record release — a set of raw and real solo songs and a full band version of the same songs — both to be released at once. She recorded the solo version with producer Michael Harris in Anacortes, Washington. There, she was determined to keep it bare bones in order to contrast with the not yet recorded full band record. Soon after that was completed, she began work on the more ambitious, fleshed out version with producer John Congleton, with whom she collaborated on 2014’s breakout Burn Your Fire for No Witness, arranger Jherek Bischoff, multi-instrumentalist/ arranger/pre-producer Ben Babbitt, and a 14-piece orchestra.
While remaking the album with full production and new collaborators, Olsen developed a new relationship with control, and as she got further into the process, she realised 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.”
As previously announced, the All Mirrors world tour kicks off in October with UK/EU dates including a date at London’s Eventim Apollo beginning in January. All dates are below…
23 Jan – Lisbon, PT @ ZDB – Capitólio
24 Jan – Porto, PT @ Hard Club
25 Jan – Madrid, ES @ Sala BUT
26 Jan – Barcelona, ES @ Sala Razzmatazz
28 Jan – Geneva, CH @ Festival Antigel
29 Jan – Munich, DE @ Kammerspiele
30 Jan – Berlin, DE @ Huxleys Neue Welt
31 Jan – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
1 Feb – Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller
3 Feb – Stockholm, SE @ Vasateatern
4 Feb – Gothenburg, SE @ Pustervik
5 Feb – Hamburg, DE @ Gruenspan
6 Feb – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
7 Feb – Antwerp, BE @ De Roma
8 Feb – Paris, FR @ La Cigale
10 Feb – Bristol, UK @ SWX
11 Feb – London, UK @ Eventim Apollo
13 Feb – Manchester, UK @ O2 Ritz
14 Feb – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowland Ballroom
All Mirrors tracklist:
- All Mirrors
- Too Easy
- New Love Cassette
- What It Is