Angel Olsen has a new song? Apparently there is a new tune posted on NPR, and it is absolutely stunning… ’May As Well’ is streaming on my computer right now and the song is so moving and touching it pierces you right in your heart, your soul, your guts or wherever you believe your being resides, but in any case, it is a deep experience. Like any Olsen’s song, it is very difficult to transcribe the range of emotions this woman is capable to express with her amazing voice. With a very quiet strumming guitar, she cries her heartbreak with strength and a calm determination. The tune is very subtle, as everything she does, the emotion so intense while her vocals, so angelic and so pure, are the best part of the song as there is such a vintage texture in her voice. I have had the song on repeat several times and it sounds so beautiful when she reaches the bridge and seems to crumble while singing ‘If you really loved me there’s no way to tell’… ‘In all of my dreams we’re husband and wife/ I’ll never forget you all of my life’.
The song is not exactly new but it didn’t make the cut for her magnificent 2012 album ‘Burn Your Fire For No Witness’, and I have no idea why. However, ’May As Well’ will be released in the deluxe edition of the album on November 18th on Jagjaguwar …with five bonus tracks! Does this mean I have to buy the album again?
Watch Angel below as she performed the song during an AB session last year, or listen to the song via NPR, and, be careful it may give you the chills or even make your cry, but there’s nothing wrong about this.
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