Angel Olsen has released her ’80s covers EP, Aisles, via her own Jagjaguwar imprint somethingcosmic.
So far, Olsen has already shared her very unique covers of Laura Branigan, Men Without Hats, and Billy Idol. Today, the full EP also features Olsen’s powerful takes on Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark’s “If You Leave” and Alphaville’s hit “Forever Young.” Adam McDaniel co-produced Aisles at Asheville’s Drop Of Sun Studios.
“I know it’s not really in my history to do something unintentional or just for the hell of it, but my connection to these songs is pretty straightforward,” Olsen explains. “I just wanted to have a little fun and be a little more spontaneous, and I think I needed to remember that I could!”
Stream Aisles below.
Olsen channels her quintessential droning sound on these five tracks. She takes these ’80s anthem and makes them feel like they could be placed right on All Mirrors.
Upon the release of her cover of Brannigan’s “Gloria,” Olsen explains:
“I’d heard ‘Gloria’ for the first time at a family Christmas gathering and was amazed at all the aunts who got up to dance. I imagined them all dancing and laughing in slow motion, and that’s when I got the idea to slow the entire song down and try it out in this way.”