Angel Olsen — „Song of the Lark and Other Far Memories“ (May 7, 2021)

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♣♠  Znáte alespoň jedno z devíti alb Angel Olsen? Indie písničkářka, jejíž intimní, reverbem posílené písně překlenují vintage country zpěv a stylizovaný garážový rock. Prezentace těchto tří alb vedle sebe poskytuje prostor pro další zhodnocení schopnosti skladatelky a umělkyně — konkrétně obratných způsobů, jakými dokáže produkovat radikálně odlišné ztvárnění skladeb: existují jeden a půl roku veřejně, stále si uchovejíc kouzelnou auru. Song of the Lark jako takové je nejvhodnější pro fanoušky a posluchače, kteří k ní byli dost vzdáleni, ačkoli lidé, kteří se připojili v čase alba All Mirrors (Oct. 2019) nové verze nemusí považovat za tak reflexivní poslechový zážitek jako u ostatních.
Born: January 22, 1987, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Origin: Asheville, North Carolina
Genres: Indie folk, indie rock, alternative country
Instruments: Vocals, guitar, keyboard
Location: Asheville, North Carolina
Album release: May 7, 2021
Record Label: Jagjaguwar
Duration:    48:28    
Disc 1:
01. Lark   6:18
02. All Mirrors   4:42
03. Too Easy   2:57
04. New Love Cassette   3:26
05. Spring   3:23
06. What It Is   3:16
07. Impasse   4:23
Disc 2:
08. Tonight   4:38
09. Summer   4:05
10. Endgame   5:19
11. Chance   5:59
12. Whole New Mess   3:42
13. Too Easy (Bigger Than Us)   2:32
14. (New Love) Cassette   2:50
Disc 3:
15. (We Are All Mirrors)   2:36
16. (Summer Song)   4:09
17. Waving, Smiling   3:52
18. Tonight (Without You)   4:01
19. Lark Song   6:30
20. Impasse (Workin’ For The Name)   3:48
21. Chance (Forever Love)   5:29
Disc 4:
22. What It Is (What It Is)   2:36
23. All Mirrors (Johnny Jewel Remix)   3:34
24. New Love Cassette (Mark Ronson Remix)   3:28
25. More Than This   3:26
26. Smaller   1:04
27. It’s Every Season (Whole New Mess)   4:56
28. Alive and Dying (Waving, Smiling)    4:16Angel Olsen ©Kyle Coutts
AllMusic Review by Marcy Donelson ⌊APRIL 28, 2021⌋ Score: ★★★½ 
♦♣♠♥  Even before the release of 2019’s Billboard 200~charting All Mirrors, Angel Olsen revealed that it had been originally intended as a double album consisting of a stark solo version and elaborately orchestrated counterpoint. When she heard the string arrangements by Jherek Bischoff and Ben Babbitt, she instead went all in on the orchestrated version, now known as All Mirrors. Recognizing the raw, haunting quality of the, by all accounts, very personal solo edition, however (it was the first of the two to be recorded), Olsen followed it with Whole New Mess in 2020. A year later, the vinyl box set Song of the Lark and Other Far Memories collects both albums, and set of related bonus tracks. Of most interest to fans already familiar with the sister albums will be the six bonus recordings, gathered here under the album heading Far Memory. A pair of remixes by Johnny Jewel (“All Mirrors”) and Mark Ronson (“New Love Cassette”) kick off the bonus portion, both effectively carrying Olsen’s pining vocals onto the dancefloor. Joining the remixes are a couple of alternate takes: “It’s Every Season (Whole New Mess),” an acoustic guitar~and~horns version featuring Bright Eyes’ Nate Walcott (trumpet, horn arrangement) that was recorded during the All Mirrors sessions, and “Alive and Dying (Waving, Smiling),” which relies on strings instead of the official version’s (more poignant) arpeggiated guitar. The highlight of Far Memory is “More Than This,” a mournful solo version of the Roxy Music classic that Olsen not only makes her own but seems to extemporaneously purge from somewhere deep within. Originally offered as an exclusive 7″ that accompanied a limited color pressing of Whole New Mess, it’s joined here by flip~side “Smaller,” a defiant one~minute solo original. If not worth potentially repurchasing multiple albums to obtain, the latter two songs merit a broader audience than the collectors targeted by the package.
Connor McInerney, May 6th 2021 / Score: 6