In support of her fifth album All Mirrors, Angel Olsen extends her North American tour with a Benefit Concert at the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival at the Prospect Park Bandshell this summer. Mount Eerie, the new project from The Microphones' Phil Elverum, joins as a special guest and Eleanor Friedberger opens.
As a musician known for her emotional folk-rock sound, Olsen's artistic beginnings as a collaborator shifted seamlessly to her magnificent, cryptic-to-cosmic solo work, and then she formed bands to play her songs, and her stages and audiences grew exponentially. But all along, Olsen was more concerned with a different kind of path, and on her vulnerable, Big Mood new album, All Mirrors, she takes an introspective deep dive towards internal destinations and revelations. In the process of making this album, she found a new sound and voice, a blast of fury mixed with hard won self-acceptance.
The first step of All Mirrors was conceiving a back-to-basics solo record, which Olsen recorded with producer Michael Harris in Anacortes, Washington. Soon after that was completed, a more ambitious version of the album began to percolate in her mind. This second, more maximalist version of All Mirrors evolved slowly with producer John Congleton, arranger Jherek Bischoff, Swiss Army Knife musician/arranger Ben Babbitt, and a 14-piece orchestra.
All Mirrors gets its claws into you on both micro and macro levels. Of course, there's that singular vibrato, always so very close—seemingly simple, cooed phrases expand into massive ideas about the inability to love and universal loneliness. And then suddenly—huge string arrangements and four horsemen bellowing synth swells emerge, propelling the apocalyptic tenor. Throughout All Mirrors, Olsen fully lets in the goth tones that always lurked at the ends of her song craft.
"As I see it, in order for an artist to survive some kind of change, change needs to be a constant," Olsen says. "For myself, that constant change means having some kind of epiphany or clarity expressed in song. I don't know if it's something I inspire or attract, or if it's just in the way I'm looking at my surroundings, but drama is something that surrounds my world and always has. I'm at least happy that I've learned to write it down."
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Proceeds from ticketed Benefit Concerts help support BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival's summer-long free programming.
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- General Admission – Standing
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The BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival is one of New York City's longest running, free, outdoor performing arts festivals and is held every summer at the Prospect Park Bandshell. View seating arrangements here.
Doors open one hour prior to performance unless otherwise noted.