ANGEL OLSEN: “Aisles” CASSETTE. Released 24th September 2021

ANGEL OLSEN: “Aisles” CASSETTE. Released 24th September 2021

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ANGEL OLSEN: “Aisles” CASSETTE. Released 24th September 2021

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ANGEL OLSEN: “Aisles” CASSETTE. Released 24th September 2021

While spending time trying to conquer the audio of live-stream athome performances, I got better acquainted with my friend Adam
McDaniel, an engineer and producer in Asheville, NC. Adam and I had
known each other for years. When the band was a bit smaller I’d often
rent his studio, Drop of Sun, for pre-recording / pre tour rehearsals.
Summer 2020 was tough for many reasons. But Adam and his wife
Emily opened their home to me and made it a safe space to create and
let go. I had an idea to record some covers and bring some of the band
into the mix, or add other players. I wanted to record 80’s songs that I’d
overheard walking the aisles at the grocery store, and I needed to laugh
and have fun and be a little less serious about the recording process in
general. I thought about completely changing some of the songs and
turning them inside out.
I’d heard “Gloria” by Laura Branigan for the first time at a family
Christmas gathering and I was amazed at all the aunts who got up to
dance. I imagined them all dancing and laughing in slow motion, and
that’s when I got the idea to slow the entire song down and try it out
in this way. I felt that “Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats could be
reinterpreted to be about this time of quarantine and the fear of being
around anyone or having too much fun. It made me wonder, is it safe to
laugh or dance or be free of it all for just a moment?
I know it’s not really in my history to do something unintentional
or just for the hell of it but my connection to these songs is pretty
straightforward, I just wanted to have a little fun and be a little more
spontaneous, and I think I needed to remember that I could!

SIDE A:
1. Gloria
2. Eyes Without A Face
3. Safety Dance

SIDE B:
4. If You Leave
5. Forever Young

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