“They’re very different songs, even though they’re the same songs.” That’s how Angel Olsen puts it regarding Whole New Mess, an alternate timeline vision of the album that would become 2019’s All Mirrors. But the record isn’t a mere collection of demos. It’s a snapshot of Olsen at one point in a ongoing processing of thoughts and feelings, alive in a single moment.
Getting a glimpse at an alternate take of a classic album is something we’ve seen more and more in the modern era. But with her new album Whole New Mess, a fraternal twin to 2019’s All Mirror, songwriter Angel Olsen didn’t have to wander too deeply into the vault. But it’s not merely a “demos collection.” It’s something more compelling and stranger, a document that illustrates the way songs change and morph over time in a creator’s hands.
Last January, Angel Olsen released the Sleepwalker 7” on Japanese label Sixteen Tambourines. That single’s A Side, “Sweet Dreams,” was three minutes of moldy basement rock ‘n roll replete with distorted guitar vamps and […]
Like the Biblical angel, the Siren of Greek Mythology is often portrayed as a winged human with an arresting voice. The former might use the gift of song to guide […]