March 7, 2023

Angel Olsen - "Nothing's Free"

Angel Olsen has shared a new song called "Nothing's Free" which is from her upcoming EP Forever Means.

2018. That's the last year Angel Olsen deprived the world of new music. (Deprived is a joke, by the way, as we deserve nothing and Angel has repeatedly given us everything.) Her latest offering is a single from her forthcoming EP which collects four unreleased tracks from the sessions that produced last year's excellent record Big Time. A sullen track, it continues the sounds she explored on her last album which dealt with the themes of grief, heartbreak, and self-discovery, all of which also feel present here. "No way to stop it now" she croons while a sensual saxophone breathes behind her, putting to words the feeling of coming to grips with your true self and allowing that expression to take on its actual form. As the saxophone becomes more pronounced, the song oozes out its pain and a soulful organ joins the mix, and blasts out some achingly beautiful arrangements that give it the feel of an old '70s soul record. It sounds instantly timeless and yet, somehow, still like a refreshing advancement of her already remarkable sound. It's as cinematic as some of her best work comes to life with painstaking beauty, like watching a flower bloom in slow motion. Her gorgeous voice rubs like velvet over soft piano, careening itself with elegance and quiet purpose. When speaking about the track, Olsen said: It "is about that point when self-denial breaks and you notice how long you’ve been restraining who you are. It felt really difficult to exclude it from Big Time, but it felt more soulful than the direction of that record; it was coming from a different place. For me, when I wrote it, I was coming to terms with my identity and sexuality. I was opening up in a new way."

Forever Means is out April 14 on Jagjaguwar.

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