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Angel Olsen’s new release Phases, is a collection of B-sides, rarities, and demos from the past several years, including a number of never-before released tracks. Balancing tenacity and tenderness, Phases acts as a deep-dive for longtime fans, as well as an introduction to Olsen’s enormous musical range. Ahead of the release, Olsen is sharing the track “Sans”, which is now available to stream.
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 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 realized 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.
Angel Olsen Tour Dates: Sat. Nov. 18 — Mexico City, DF @ Corona Capital Tue. Nov. 28 — Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater % Wed. Nov. 29 — New York, NY @ Town Hall ^ Thu. Nov. 30 — New York, NY @ Town Hall ^ Fri. Dec. 1 — Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel ^ Sat. Dec. 2 — Portland, ME @ State Theatre ^ Mon. Dec. 4 — Boston, MA @ House of Blues ^ Tue. Dec. 5 — Montreal, QC @ Rialto Theatre ^ Wed. Dec. 6 — Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre ^ Thu. Dec. 7 — Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre ^ Fri. Dec. 8 — Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre ^ Sat. Dec. 9 — Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre ^ Sun. Dec. 10 — Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom * Tue. Dec. 12 — Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer * Wed. Dec. 13 — Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer * Thu. Dec. 14 — Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club * Sat. Dec. 16 — Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel *% w/ Ned Oldham
^ = w/ Heron Oblivion
* = w/ White Magic