Whole new mess

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ANGEL OLSEN

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The time had come, Angel Olsen realized in the
fading summer of 2018, to take her new songs out of
the house. Olsen's 2016 marvel, My Woman, had
been a career breakthrough, but it catalyzed a period
of personal tumult, too: a painful breakup, an uneasy
recovery, an inadequate reckoning. At home in North
Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, Olsen penned songs
that finally grappled with these troubles, particularly
love_how forever is too much to promise, how
relationships can lock us into static versions of
ourselves, how you can go through hell just to make
someone else happy. These heartsore explorations
shape Whole New Mess, Olsen's first solo album
since her 2012 debut and an emotional portrait so
intimate and vulnerable you can hear her find
meaning in these crises in real-time. At least nine of
the eleven songs on Whole New Mess should sound
familiar to anyone who has heard All Mirrors, Olsen's
grand 2019 masterpiece that earned high honors on
prestigious year-end lists and glossy spreads in
stylish magazines. "Lark," "Summer," "Chance"_they
are all here, at least in some skeletal form and with
slightly different titles. But these are not the demos
for All Mirrors. Instead, Whole New Mess is its own
record with its own immovable mood, with Olsen
working through her open wounds and raw nerves
with just a few guitars and some microphones,
isolated in a century-old church in the Pacific
Northwest. If the lavish orchestral arrangements and
cinematic scope of All Mirrors are the sound of Olsen
preparing her scars for the wider world to see, Whole
New Mess is the sound of her first figuring out their
shape, making sense for herself of these injuries.
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. They are webs of moods and
moments and ideas, qualities that can change from
one month to the next and can say just as much as
the perfect progression or an exquisite chord. In that
sense, these 11 songs_solitary, frank, and
unflinching examinations of what it's like to love,
lose, and survive_are entirely new. This is the sound
of Angel Olsen, sorting through the kind of trouble
we've all known, as if just for herself and whoever
else needs it.
TRACKLISTING: 01. WHOLE NEW MESS 02. TOO
EASY (BIGGER THAN US) 03. (NEW LOVE) CASSETTE
04. (WE ARE ALL MIRRORS) 05. (SUMMER SONG)
06. WAIVING, SMILING 07. TONIGHT (WITHOUT
YOU) 08. LARK SONG 09. IMPASSE (WORKIN' FOR
THE NAME) 10. CHANCE (FOREVER LOVE) 11. WHAT
IT IS (WHAT IT IS)

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