Angel Olsen will release a new album called Big Time on June 3 through Jagjaguwar. The album covers a period of great upheaval for the songwriter, as she finally came out to the world, which included the difficult task of telling her parents. “Some experiences just make you feel as though you’re five years old, no matter how wise or adult you think you are”, she writes of that time. “Finally, at the ripe age of 34, I was free to be me.” Tragically, within weeks of coming out to her parents, both had passed away.
“All The Good Times”, the opener and the first song to be shared from Big Time tees up the simultaneous pain and pleasure of that period perfectly. On this song at least, we find her veering away from the grandiose orchestral arrangements that characterised All Mirrors and back towards the alt-country stylings of her earlier work. It works perfectly, as the meditative churn of organ and the wan swoop of the pedal steel perfectly harmonise with the narrative of picking up the pieces and moving on to a brighter, happier future. And that’s not to say there isn’t any grandiosity, as the song gradually crackles brighter, the fire of righteousness growing with the singer, until it eventually becomes a bold flame of freedom.
The video for “All The Good Times” features Angel with her partner and was directed by Kimberly Stuckwisch, who comments: “Angel’s story is a gift. It allowed me to visually explore the universal themes of love, loss, and most importantly what holds us back from realising our true selves.”
Watch the video below or find “All The Good Times” on streaming platforms.
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