Angel Olsen Announces EP; Shares Version of Laura Branigan’s “Gloria”


Angel Olsen at The Sinclair. Photo Courtesy of Kenny Sun via Flickr.

Singer-songwriter Angel Olsen has announced her fourth EP, Aisles, due Aug. 20 via Jagjaguwar. This five-song record will be Olsen’s debut release on the label’s imprint called somethingcosmic, a collection of covers, collaborations, and one-off singles from the St. Louis singer. The EP will feature various ’80s covers, starting with Olsen’s version of Laura Branigan’s “Gloria.” You can listen to Olsen’s version of “Gloria” and see what other songs she will have on her EP in the tracklist below.

“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 said in a press release. “I just wanted to have a little fun and be a little more spontaneous, and I think I needed to remember that I could!”

“I needed to laugh and have fun and be a little less serious about the recording process in general,” the statement continues. “I thought about completely changing some of the songs and turning them inside out. I’d come over to find Adam had set up 5 or so synthesizers, and we’d get lost on a part for a while messing with some obscure pedal I knew nothing about. We’d spend a good amount of time going through sounds before finding one or two, sometimes we’d get real weird and decide to just go with it. 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.”

Aisles EP:

01 Gloria
02 Eyes Without a Face
03 Safety Dance
04 If You Leave
05 Forever Young

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