Angel Olsen has announced a new album called Big Time which will be out on June 3rd on Jagjaguwar today, along with a lead single called ‘All The Good Times’ and a host of European tour dates, including a Dublin show at Vicar Street on Monday October 24th.
Tickets are €30 plus fees on general sale Friday 1st April at 10am, Full dates and album tracklist below.
Big Time was recorded and mixed with co-producer Jonathan Wilson at his Fivestar Studios in Topanga, California. Drew Erickson played piano, organ, and handled string arrangements, and Olsen’s longtime bandmate, Emily Elhaj, played bass throughout.
Every CD and LP copy of Big Time ordered directly from the artist or 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.
Big Time info
Fresh grief, like fresh love, has a way of sharpening our vision and bringing on painful clarifications. No matter how temporary we know these states to be, the vulnerability and transformation they demand can overpower the strongest among us. Then there are the rare, fertile moments when both occur, when mourning and limerence heighten, complicate and explain each other; the songs that comprise Angel Olsen’s Big Time were forged in such a whiplash.
Big Time is an album about the expansive power of new love, but this brightness and optimism is tempered by a profound and layered sense of loss. During Olsen’s process of coming to terms with her queerness and confronting the traumas that had been keeping her from fully accepting herself, she felt it was time to come out to her parents, a hurdle she’d been avoiding for some time. “Finally, at the ripe age of 34, I was free to be me,” she said. Three days later, her father died and shortly after her mother passed away. The shards of this grief—the shortening of her chance to finally be seen more fully by her parents—are scattered throughout the album.
Three weeks after her mother’s funeral she was on a plane to Los Angeles to spend a month in Topanga Canyon, recording this incredibly wise and tender new album. Loss has long been a subject of Olsen’s elegiac songs, but few can write elegies with quite the reckless energy as she. If that bursting-at-the-seams, running downhill energy has come to seem intractable to her work, this album proves Olsen is now writing from a more rooted place of clarity. She’s working with an elastic, expansive mastery of her voice—both sonically and artistically. These are songs not just about transformational mourning, but of finding freedom and joy in the privations as they come.
Big Time tracklist:
- All The Good Times
- Big Time
- Dream Thing
- Ghost On
- All The Flowers
- Right Now
- This Is How It Works
- Go Home
- Through The Fires
- Chasing The Sun
European tour dates:
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