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Angel Olsen doesn’t want you reading too much into her new Aisles EP. On the heels of two of her most emotionally taxing albums yet, she’s recorded something entirely out of character: a covers EP of ’80s hits she’s heard at the grocery store. It’s not a declaration of a lighter new direction, or a sign that she’s entered a Weezer-y, internet-pandering phase of her career. They’re just some covers, she insists. “I know it’s not really in my history to do something unintentional or just for the hell of it,” she writes in notes accompanying the EP. “I just wanted to have a little fun and be a little more spontaneous.”If that’s a lot of preface, it’s because you’re about to hear Angel Olsen cover “The Safety Dance,” and some assurances it’s a fluke might take a little of the sting out of that. Trading on her icy presence, Olsen’s slow-motion rendition of Men Without Hats’ 1982 hit is pure schlock, the kind of moody novelty cover that might soundtrack a trailer for an Ozark ripoff on Amazon Prime. Only the slightest indication of a smirk in Olsen’s otherwise robotic voice betrays that she’s in on the joke, that yes, this is ridiculous, and no, she doesn’t care that you assumed she was above this kind of thing.Laura Branigan’s Euro-disco banger “Gloria” gets a similarly brooding makeover that slows its strobing tempo to a graveyard crawl. But elsewhere Olsen plays these covers pretty straight. She preserves the prom-dance tenderness of Alphaville’s “Forever Young” and the direct hookiness of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark’s “If You Leave,” both of which highlight the brighter corners of her voice. Aside from softening the guitars and cutting out Billy Idol’s extremely ’80s rap, her take on “Eyes Without a Face” is otherwise faithful to the original.

 

Tracklist

 

Gloria4:37
Eyes Without A Face4:40
Safety Dance3:51
If You Leave4:29
Forever Young5:37

Angel Olsen - Aisles [NEW][LP]

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