We're rapidly approaching the October 4th release of All Mirrors, the fourth album from Angel Olsen. With 'All Mirrors' having already introduced us to the grandiose sound of her new record, she doubles down on it with the epic opening track 'Lark'. Angel opens up about the song, saying:

"'Lark' is a song that took many years to finish. The disjointed feelings and verses of this song began to make sense as a way for me to exercise a kind of journey through grieving, a kind of personal struggle. The message of the song developed at first from an argument I once had with someone about trust and support. Later, I pulled from recurring themes in my life as a musician and as a human that dreams for a living. It’s easy to promise the world to those we love, but what about when our dreams change and values split?"

It's unsurprising that 'Lark' took many years, as this is undoubtedly the most ambitious song we've heard from Angel Olsen yet, in all its booming, string-drizzled, disjointed glory. Where 'All Mirrors' had her examining herself from the outside, this one is very much an internal struggle between her fears and her desires. Even though 'Lark' quickly rises to an embattled howling pitch, Olsen manages to maintain a stark vulnerability through its fearsome scope. 'Lark' rises and falls with breathtaking suddenness, she pulls us in close for some softly-spoken confessions - and then pushes us away again with a thunderous torrent of strings and drums. In the cavernous final minutes, Olsen hovers over this cauldron of sound until she is eventually swallowed by the rising tide of the 11-piece orchestra, giving voice to her pain and power.

Fittingly for a song so ginormous, 'Lark' has a video that features Olsen in many cinematic surroundings, bursting her lungs and crying her eyes out. Watch the Ashley Connor directed clip below.

Angel Olsen's new album All Mirrors comes out on October 4th through Jagjaguwar. She's got these tour dates in Europe in early 2020:

22 Jan - Lisbon, PT @ ZDB - Capitólio ^
23 Jan - Lisbon, PT @ ZDB - Capitólio SOLD OUT ^
24 Jan - Porto, PT @ Hard Club ^
25 Jan - Madrid, ES @ Sala BUT ^
26 Jan - Barcelona, ES @ Sala Razzmatazz ^
28 Jan - Geneva, CH @ Festival Antigel
29 Jan - Munich, DE @ Kammerspiele ^
30 Jan - Berlin, DE @ Huxleys Neue Welt ^
31 Jan - Copenhagen, DK @ Vega ^
1 Feb - Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller ^
3 Feb - Stockholm, SE @ Vasateatern ^
4 Feb - Gothenburg, SE @ Pustervik ^
5 Feb - Hamburg, DE @ Gruenspan ^
6 Feb - Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso ^
7 Feb - Antwerp, BE @ De Roma ^
8 Feb - Paris, FR @ La Cigale ^
10 Feb - Bristol, UK @ SWX ^
11 Feb - London, UK @ Eventim Apollo ^
13 Feb - Manchester, UK @ O2 Ritz ^
14 Feb - Glasgow, UK @ Barrowland Ballroom ^

^ = support from Hand Habits

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