ANGEL OLSEN – ” Aisles ” Covers EP

Posted: July 8, 2021 in MUSIC
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Angel Olsen has announced a new EP of ’80s covers. “Aisles” is due out August 20th (digitally) and September 24th (on physical media) via Angel’s new Jagjaguwar imprint “something cosmic” and it was recorded in the winter of 2020 with Adam McDaniel in Asheville’s Drop of Sun Studios. “I told Adam I had an idea to record some covers and bring some of the band into the mix, or add other players,” Angel says. “I needed to laugh and have fun and be a little less serious about the recording process in general. I thought about completely changing some of the songs and turning them inside out. I’d come over to find Adam had set up five or so synthesizers, and we’d get lost on a part for a while messing with some obscure pedal I knew nothing about. We’d spend a good amount of time going through sounds before finding one or two, sometimes we’d get real weird and decide to just go with it.”

Angel Olsen has shied away from sharing original music for a while now. After releasing “All Mirrors” in 2019, she put out “Whole New Mess” the following year, featuring intimate, re-imagined versions of the previous LP’s compositions. And right when fans were expecting Olsen to announce another proper album, ushering in a new era that reflects her life after the breakup that inspired All Mirrors, the musician has instead unveiled an unexpected project: “Aisles”, an EP featuring Olsen’s distinctive take on a collection of ’80s hits. Fans may groan that Olsen’s being evasive when it comes to writing new music; luckily, this EP is some of her most surprisingly impressive work yet.

Olsen covered Laura Branigan‘s “Gloria, Billy Idol’s “Eyes Without A Face,” Men Without Hats’ “Safety Dance,” Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark’s “If You Leave,” and Alphaville’s “Forever Young” for the EP. “I know it’s not really in my history to do something unintentional or just for the hell of it,” she says, “but my connection to these songs is pretty straightforward, I just wanted to have a little fun and be a little more spontaneous, and I think I needed to remember that I could!”

She’s shared the “Gloria” cover, a woozy, atmospheric take on the song, saying, “I’d heard ‘Gloria’ for the first time at a family Christmas gathering and was amazed at all the aunts who got up to dance. I imagined them all dancing and laughing in slow motion, and that’s when I got the idea to slow the entire song down and try it out in this way.”

About her new imprint, “somethingcosmic”, Angel says, “I’m very excited to be introducing somethingscosmic, an imprint that will serve as the home for all my covers, collaborations, and one off singles. In this time away from touring I have been inspired to create more, and somethingscosmic will give me the flexibility to release when and how I want to with the help from my long time partners at Jagjaguwar. The hope is that it will become a place for all of my creative endeavors, music and otherwise.”

Excited to announce “Aisles” – an EP of 80s covers, the first release on my imprint with Jagjaguwar called somethingscosmic. While spending time trying to conquer the audio of live-stream at-home performances, I got better acquainted with my friend Adam McDaniel, a local engineer and producer in Asheville, NC. Adam and I have known each other for years. Summer 2020 was tough for many reasons. But Adam and his wife Emily opened their home to me and made it a safe space to create and let go. I told Adam I had an idea to record some covers and bring some of the band into the mix, or add other players. I wanted to record 80’s songs that I’d overheard walking the aisles at the grocery store, and I needed to laugh and have fun and be a little less serious about the recording process in general. I thought about completely changing some of the songs and turning them inside out. Most of these covers were tracked in the winter of last year. I’d come over to find Adam had set up 5 or so synthesizers, and we’d get lost on a part for a while messing with some obscure pedal I knew nothing about. We’d spend a good amount of time going through sounds before finding one or two, sometimes we’d get real weird and decide to just go with it. I know it’s not really in my history to do something unintentional or just for the hell of it but my connection to these songs is pretty straightforward, I just wanted to have a little fun and be a little more spontaneous, and I think I needed to remember that I could!.. Angel Olsen

Tracklist:1. Gloria (Laura Branigan)2. Eyes Without A Face (Billy Idol)3. Safety Dance (Men Without Hats)4. If You Leave (OMD)5. Forever Young (Alphaville)

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