Angel Olsen Announces New Album ‘Big Time’ Out June 3rd, releases lead single “All The Good Times”

Angel Olsen announces her new album, Big Time, out June 3rd on Jagjaguwar, and presents its lead single/video, “All The Good Times.” Big Time was forged in a whiplash; the rare, fertile moments when both fresh grief and fresh love occur, when mourning and limerence heighten, complicate and explain each other. Loss has long been a subject of Olsen’s 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, Big Time proves Olsen is now writing from a more rooted place of clarity. She’s working with an elastic 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. 

Watch Angel Olsen’s “All The Good Times” Video

Big Time is an album about the expansive power of new love, written during the time Olsen was coming out as queer, and having her first experience of queer love and heartbreak. 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. “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. After that tearful but relieving conversation, she celebrated with her partner, their friends, oysters, and wine. “Finally, at the ripe age of 34, I was free to be me.” Three days later, her father died; his funeral became the occasion for Olsen to introduce her partner to her family. Only two weeks later Olsen got the call that her mother was in the ER. Hospice came soon after, and a second funeral came quickly on the heels of the first. Another trip back to St. Louis, another grief to face, another deepening and intensification of this still-new love. Three weeks after her mother’s funeral she was in the studio, recording this incredibly wise and tender new album, Big Time

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“I can’t say that I’m sorry / when I don’t feel so wrong anymore,” the record begins, her voice softer and more open than ever, as if she’s singing through a hard won smile. “All the Good Times,” a twangy banger with nods toSong starts the album on a triumphant and bright note. The song’s video, starring Olsen and her partner, was directed by Kimberly Stuckwisch, who worked on last year’s “Like I Used To” video. Stuckwisch 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 realizing our true selves.”

Playful bits of Tammy Wynette and Kitty Wells appear on Big Time, as do the complex orchestrations of her genre-bending 2019 record, All Mirrors. While that record was full of dramatic shifts and twists, here the surprises come in their simplicity—a slow swell of strings, instrumentation that cycles like a storm, or sparkling horns in a light-flooded break-up ballad, and there’s hardly a synth in sight. 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.

Later this summer, Olsen will embark on The Wild Hearts tour alongside Sharon Van Etten, Julien Baker, and Spencer.. Additionally, today, she announced a fall European tour, on sale this Friday. All shows are listed below. 

Instead of the usual pre-order fare, 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 Tracklist

  1. All The Good Times
  2. Big Time
  3. Dream Thing
  4. Ghost On
  5. All The Flowers
  6. Right Now
  7. This Is How It Works
  8. Go Home
  9. Through The Fires
  10. Chasing The Sun

Angel Olsen Tour Dates

Thu. Jul. 21 – Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap Center For the Performing Arts *

Fri. Jul. 22 – Asheville, NC @ Rabbit Rabbit *

Sat. Jul. 23 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium * ^

Mon. Jul. 25 – Austin, TX @ Moody Amphitheater *

Thu. Jul. 28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre *

Fri. Jul. 29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre *

Sat. Jul 30 – Berkeley, Ca @ Greek Theatre *

Tu. Aug. 2 – Troutdale, OR @ McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater *

Wed. Aug. 3 – Redmond, WA @ Marymoor Amphitheater *

Fri. Aug. 5 – Boise, ID @ Idaho Botanical Garden *

Sat. Aug. 6 – Salt Lake City, UT @ TBA *

Sun. Aug. 7 – Denver, CO @ Sculpture Park *

Tue. Aug. 9 – Minneapolis, MN @ Surly Brewing Festival Field *

Wed. Aug 10 – Chicago, IL @ The Salt Shed *

Thu. Aug. 11 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Bell’s Eccentric Cafe *

Fri. Aug. 12 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall * ^

Sat. Aug. 13 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall * ^

Mon. Aug. 15 – Shelburne, VT @ The Green at Shelburne Museum *

Tue. Aug. 16 – LaFayette, NY @ Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards *

Thu. Aug. 18 – Boston, MA @ Leader Bank Pavilion *

Fri. Aug. 19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Skyline Stage at The Mann *

Sat. Aug. 20 – New York, NY @ Central Park Summerstage *

Sun. Aug. 21 – New York, NY @ Central Park Summerstage *

Mon. Sept. 26 – Lisbon, PT @ Capitólio

Tue.  Sept. 27 – Lisbon, PT @ Capitólio

Thu. Sept. 29 – Madrid, ES @ La Riviera

Fri. Sep t. 30 – Barcelona, ES @ Sala Apolo

Sat. Oct. 1 – Lyon, FR @ L’ Epicerie Moderne

Sun. Oct. 2 – Zurich, CH @ Kaufleuten 

Tue. Oct. 4 – Munich, DE @ Freiheitshalle

Wed. Oct. 5 – Vienna, AT @ WUK

Thu. Oct. 6 – Warsaw, PL @ Palladium

Fri. Oct. 7 – Berlin, DE @ Huxleys

Sun. Oct. 9 – Stockholm, SE @ Berns

Mon. Oct. 10 -Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller

Tue. Oct. 11 – Copenhagen, DK @  VEGA

Thu. Oct. 13 – Cologne, DE @ Gloria

Fri. Oct 14 – Paris, FR @ Bataclan 

Sat. Oct 15 – Leuven, BE @ Het Depot

Sun Oct 16 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso

Tue. Oct. 18 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton

Wed. Oct. 19 – Bath, UK @ The Forum

Thu. Oct. 20 – Edinburgh, UK @ Usher Hall

Fri. Oct. 21 – Manchester , UK @  Albert Hall    

Mon. Oct 24 – Dublin, IE @ Vicar Street

* = The Wild Hearts Tour co-headline with Sharon Van Etten, Julien Baker, with special guest Spencer. 

^= no Spencer.