Angel Olsen shares new single ‘Forever Means’

Angel Olsen shares new single ‘Forever Means’



“Arguably the best thing the US singer-songwriter has released to date”
The Guardian

“[Nothing’s Free] is a piano-led, up-close, wee-small-hours torch song of extraordinary beauty and restraint”
The Sunday Times ‘Hottest Tracks’

“Each track on Forever Means has a relatively unique identity, but Olsen’s enthralling vocals neatly tie it all together”
The Vinyl Factory

“A masterful record”
4.5/5 DIY

Clash“It’s arguably the most open-hearted, timeless song she’s recorded, her voice at its very richest”
The New Cue

Watch the lyric video for ‘Forever Means’ here:

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Today, Angel Olsen gestures beyond the lush world of last year’s Big Time with her new single, ‘Forever Means’, the title track off her forthcoming EP out this Friday, 14 April on Jagjaguwar.Originally written in 2019, ‘Forever Means’ was composed following the release of Olsen’s beloved All Mirrors and its re-imaginative follow up, Whole New Mess, with Olsen returning to the song throughout the Big Time sessions. Following Forever Means‘ lead single ‘Nothing’s Free‘ (“Arguably the best thing the US singer-songwriter has released to date” The Guardian), ‘Forever Means’ swirls in sparse guitar and keys, with Olsen’s ever-emotive vocals guiding the track. Olsen comments: “I’d thought of it as a kind of nod to George Harrison, who I’d been getting back into during the pandemic as I was finally calming down and finding moments of peace with myself”.

Last year’s Big Time brought Angel Olsen to a deeper, truer sense of self than ever before. Born from the twin stars of grief and love, the album delivered a beautiful sense of certainty, the sure-footed sound of an artist fully, finally at home with herself. But within that wisdom comes the realisation that there is no finish line, no destination or static end point to life while you’re living it, and Forever Means collects songs from the Big Time sessions that hold this common theme. They are, in Olsen’s words, “in search of something else”. Co-produced and mixed by Jonathan Wilson, these are four precious songs from Olsen’s roads traveled and the one’s ahead.

Last month, Big Time was nominated for Libera Awards for Best American Roots Record and Best Sync Usage. Surrounding the album’s release, Angel Olsen appeared on the cover of Loud and Quiet, was profiled by The Guardian and graced television screens through performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. This summer Angel will play a prominent slot at this year’s End of the Road Festival as well as All Points East and headline shows in Leeds and Birmingham. Full dates can be found here.

Olsen has also today announced a North American tour – dubbed Forever Fall Tour 2023 – with dates listed here.

Pre-order Forever Means digitally and on vinyl here:

Photo credit: Luke RogersHigh-res images can be found here

Praise for Big Time:

“Grief and light combine to potent effect”
4/5 Mojo ‘Album of the Month

“Grief isn’t a constant. You can find yourself smiling even at the very worst moments in life: Big Time is proof”
5/5 ‘Album of the Week’ The I Paper

Big Time is a rich, uplifting album that shakes off sorrow, having stared it squarely in the face”
5/5 The Independent

“Despite only being in her mid-thirties, Big Time sounds like the album of Olsen’s life”
5/5 The Telegraph

“The album as a whole is a strong argument for Olsen being her generation’s finest songwriter”
5/5 The Skinny

“A remarkable and intimate display of growth”
9/10 ‘Album of the Week’ The Line of Best Fit

“Haunting, heartbreaking and life-affirming, Angel Olsen’s songwriting talents soar to great heights”
4.5/5 DIY

“Some of the most affecting music she has ever recorded”
The New Statesman

“A true great songwriter of our age”
The Forty-Five

“Truth, turning points and a melodious calm”
8/10 Uncut

“Intimate, tragic and romantic, Big Time sees Olsen, whose music has always been incredibly raw and emotive, open her heart more than ever before”
8/10 ‘Album of the Week’ Loud and Quiet

Big Time is a focused record that contains stunning examples of vulnerability, almost too exposed to watch”
8/10 Clash

“Olsen belongs in the Big Time”
4.5/5 The Sun

“Music can be consolation in the most troubled times, and Big Time is a silky balm”
4/5 The Observer

“It’s rhythms and textures […] are imbued with loss and the heady thrill of love”
4/5 The Sunday Times

“A vast emotional sweep that recalls the greats”
4/5 NME

“Her voice murmurs into the ear of this handsomely designed album’s significant other – the listener”
4/5 FT

“A reflective album that, though dealing with some heavy stuff, makes you feel good about the world”
4/5 The Times

“An album that confirms Angel Olsen as one of the foremost singer-songwriters of her generation”
4.5/5 MusicOMH

“A record that sticks with you and remains close for the times when you need it the most”
9.2 ‘Album of the Week’ Far Out

“Not only refreshingly approachable, but as compellingly layered as you would expect an Angel Olsen record to be”
4/5 Our Culture

“A profoundly moving mediation on loss, grief, and identity”
The Vinyl Factory

“Affirms Olsen as one of the most important songwriters of our times”
Secret Meeting

“2022 might just be another great year for Angel Olsen and frankly, every year spent with new Angel Olsen music is a year well spent”
For The Rabbits