This Friday, Angel Olsen will release Phases, a collection of rarities and demos spanning her career thus far, including a number of never-before released tracks via Jagjaguwar. Phases ‘acts as a deep-dive for longtime fans, as well as a fitting introduction to Olsen’s sprawling sonics for the uninitiated. For Olsen, it’s an album that allows a moment of thoughtful, reflective calm amongst a year of success and growth surrounding the release of MY WOMAN.’
Last month, during a run supporting Arcade Fire at arenas along the west coast, Olsen stopped by KCRW’s ‘Morning Becomes Eclectic’, and played a selection of songs including ‘Sans’, a home demo from summer 2015. One of the previously unreleased songs off Phases, ‘Sans’ leans heavily on Olsen’s arresting croon and lonesome guitar. As she describes it:
“’Sans’ was a song I wrote in between Burn Your Fire For No Witness and My Woman, something short and simple – but about a big thing in my life: travel and what it can do to the psyche. When you’re out there and you’re working and moving so fast it’s difficult to really imagine a time when you were fully realised and known. You know, it’s hard enough to be known when you’re around! But then there are those people in your life that know you and don’t need you around all the time to be or feel close-I suppose it’s about that too. ;)”
Olsen is touring extensively in support of Phases and MY WOMAN, a top 10 most highly acclaimed album of 2016.