“Big Time” is an unabashed tip into classic country territory, with Olsen’s rich and rusty voice finding a perfect home amidst the lilting piano and warming pedal steel. It’s the perfect sound palette for a song as clean and open as “Big Time”, where Olsen has no ulterior motive other than to express the depths of her infatuation with her partner; “I’m living, I’m loving, I’ve lived long before / And I’m loiving you big time, I’m loving you more” she proclaims with swan-like grace. It’s a song that’s ready to be sung by a huge festival audience, or soundtrack an intimate slow dance in a living room; the emotions are strong, simple and big enough to adapt to any romantic setting.
The video for “Big Time” is also something special, with director Kimberly Stuckwisch explaining:
“For ‘Big Time,’ we set out to celebrate how humans identify and to subvert the old- fashioned gender binary and societal/internalized gender roles of the past through choreography, color, and wardrobe. To exist outside strict definitions is powerful and often not given a place in cinema. This was our chance to hold a positive reflection in the space and to shout to the world that you are more than who you are told to be. ‘Big Time’ is what happens when we do not express our true identity but find freedom when we step out of the shadows into our most authentic selves. In the first rotation, the lighting is drab, the clothes are monochromatic, the dance is monotonous… gender-conforming roles present.
“However, with each rotation, something magical happens, both our cast and Angel begin to come alive, to feel free. We see the clothes brighten, the dance heightens, and the bar that was once devoid of emotion can barely contain the joy bursting out of each individual.
“I am proud to say that over 80% of our cast and 50% of our crew identified as nonbinary and non-gender conforming.”
Watch the video for “Big Time” below or find the song on streaming platforms.
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