Angel Olsen, has shared “Alive and Dying (Waving, Smiling).” The track is off her upcoming box set Song of the Lark and Other Far Memories, available May 7th via Jagjaguwar. The collection includes All Mirrors and Whole New Mess, plus a bonus LP, titled Far Memory, and a 40-page book collection. Following the previously released “It’s Every Season (Whole New Mess),” “Alive and Dying (Waving, Smiling)” is a striking, orchestral version of Whole New Mess’s “Waving, Smiling,” recorded during the All Mirrors session. Olsen is accompanied by Jherek Bischoff on an emotional string arrangement, featuring an 11-piece orchestra.
“This song is all about chapters closing, and learning to let go of things I can’t understand. It’s very me – I will always nosedive into love, and suffering can definitely come with that. When I hear this version the strings really bring the song to its necessary bittersweet boiling point,” says Olsen.
Originally conceived as a double album, All Mirrors and Whole New Mess were distinct parts of a larger whole. Each expressed something bigger and bolder than Olsen had ever made, and on the Song of the Lark and Other Far Memories, they come together as a full extent of the songs’ iterations: all the alternate takes, b-sides, remixes and reimaginings are presented in one collection. Its accompanying 40-page book tells a similar story, not just through outtakes, unseen photos and the smaller, evocative details: handwritten lyrics, a favorite necklace, a beaded chandelier.
In first speaking about Song of the Lark and Other Far Memories, Olsen said, “It feels like part of my writing has come back from the past, and another part of it was waiting to exist.” If Whole New Mess holds the truths of Olsen’s enduring self, and All Mirrors documents her ascent toward a new future, Song of the Lark and Other Far Memories is a timeless, definitive collection, of these songs, their revelations and their writer, from their simplest origins to their mightiest realizations.
Far Memory Bonus LP
1. All Mirrors (Johnny Jewel Remix)
2. New Love Cassette (Mark Ronson Remix)
3. More Than This
5. It’s Every Season (Whole New Mess)
6. Alive and Dying (Waving, Smiling)
2. All Mirrors
3. Too Easy
4. New Love Cassette
6. What It Is
Whole New Mess
1. Whole New Mess
2. Too Easy (Bigger Than Us)
3. (New Love) Cassette
4. (We Are All Mirrors)
5. (Summer Song)
6. Waving, Smiling
7. Tonight (Without You)
8. Lark Song
9. Impasse (Workin’ For The Name)
10. Chance (Forever Love)
11. What It Is (What It Is)
Angel Olsen Tour Dates:
Fri. Oct. 29 – Sun. Oct. 31 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Music Festival
Pre-order Song of the Lark and Other Far Memories by Angela Olsen via Jagjaguwar HERE