Angel Olsen gestures beyond the lush world of last year’s Big Time with her new single, “Forever Means,” the title track off her forthcoming EP out this Friday, April 14th on Jagjaguwar.
Originally written in 2019, “Forever Means” was composed following the release of Olsen’s beloved All Mirrors and its re-imaginative follow up, Whole New Mess, with Olsen returning to the song throughout the Big Time sessions. Following Forever Means’ “eerie, queer, gothic, and perfect” (Paste) lead single “Nothing’s Free,” “Forever Means” swirls in sparse guitar and keys, with Olsen’s ever-emotive vocals guiding the track. Olsen comments, “I’d thought of it as a kind of nod to George Harrison, who I’d been getting back into during the pandemic as I was finally calming down and finding moments of peace with myself.”
Last year’s Big Time brought Angel Olsen to a deeper, truer sense of self than ever before. Born from the twin stars of grief and love, the album delivered a beautiful sense of certainty, the sure-footed sound of an artist fully, finally at home with herself. But within that wisdom comes the realization that there is no finish line, no destination or static end point to life while you’re living it, and Forever Means collects songs from the Big Time sessions that hold this common theme. They are, in Olsen’s words, “in search of something else.” Co-produced and mixed by Jonathan Wilson, these are four precious songs from Olsen’s roads traveled and the one’s ahead.
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