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Watch Angel Olsen’s subversive new video for ‘Big Time’

Check out the new video below

By Elizabeth Aubrey

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Angel Olsen - CREDIT: Press

Angel Olsen has shared a new video today (April 27) and it’s the title track of her upcoming new album, ‘Big Time’ – check it out below.

‘Big Time’ follows on from 2020’s ‘Whole New Mess’ and 2019’s ‘All Mirrors’. It will be released on June 3 via Jagjaguwar.

The latest single follows on from the previously released track, ‘All The Good Ones’.

A statement about ‘Big Time’ describes it as being “about the expansive power of new love” and written during the time Olsen “was coming out as queer, and having her first experience of queer love and heartbreak”.

The video was directed by Kimberly Stuckwisch. In a statement about the video, Stuckwisch said: “For ‘Big Time’, we set out to celebrate how humans identify and to subvert the old-fashioned gender binary and societal/internalised gender roles of the past through choreography, colour, and wardrobe. To exist outside strict definitions is powerful and often not given a place in cinema.”

“This was our chance to hold a positive reflection in the space and to shout to the world that you are more than who you are told to be. ‘Big Time’ is what happens when we do not express our true identity but find freedom when we step out of the shadows into our most authentic selves. In the first rotation, the lighting is drab, the clothes are monochromatic, the dance is monotonous… gender-conforming roles present.

“However, with each rotation, something magical happens, both our cast and Angel begin to come alive, to feel free. We see the clothes brighten, the dance heightens, and the bar that was once devoid of emotion can barely contain the joy bursting out of each individual.

Stuckwisch concluded: “I am proud to say that over 80 per cent of our cast and 50 per cent of our crew identified as non-binary and non-gender conforming.”

You can listen to the new track above.

Olsen’s UK dates will begin soon after her huge US tour with Sharon Van Etten and Julien Baker this summer.

Check out the UK dates below.

Angel Olsen, October 2022:
18 – London, O2 Academy Brixton
19 – Bath, The Forum
20 – Edinburgh, Usher Hall
21 – Manchester, Albert Hall