Angel Olsen will release Whole New Mess, her first solo album since her 2012 debut, on August 28th via Jagjaguwar. You can pre order it HERE. A super intimate and vulnerable emotional portrait that shows her grappling with a period of personal tumult, Whole New Mess presents Olsen working through her open wounds and raw nerves with just a few guitars and some microphones, isolated in a century-old church in the Pacific Northwest. In conjunction with today’s announcement, Olsen presents the lead single, “Whole New Mess,” with a video directed by longtime collaborator Ashley Connor and a performance this evening on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Additionally, she announces Cosmic Stream 3, the third in her livestream series, which will air on the album’s release date and stream from the Hazel Robinson Amphitheater in Asheville, NC.
Whole New Mess follows All Mirrors. At least nine of the eleven songs on Whole New Mess should sound familiar to any of you who have heard All Mirrors. “Lark,” “Summer,” “Chance”—they are all here, at least in some skeletal form and with slightly different titles. But these are not the demos for All Mirrors. Instead, Whole New Mess is its own record with its own immovable mood. If the lavish orchestral arrangements and cinematic scope of All Mirrors are the sound of Olsen preparing her scars for the wider world to see, Whole New Mess is the sound of her first figuring out their shape, making sense for herself of these injuries.
The Whole New Mess bundle includes the LP on limited edition translucent pink glass vinyl, the exclusive Smaller 7″ which includes “Smaller” b/w “More Than This” o black vinyl, an instant download of “Whole New Mess” and a ticket to Cosmic Stream 3 – the record release show.