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Like fresh love, fresh grief can sharpen our vision and bring on painful clarifications. No matter how temporary we know these states to be, the vulnerability and transformation they demand can overpower the strongest among us.
Then there are the rare, fertile moments when both occur, when mourning and limerence heighten, complicate and explain each other; the songs that comprise Angel Olsen’s Big Time were forged in such a whiplash.
Big Time is an album about the expansive power of new love, but this brightness and optimism are tempered by a profound and layered sense of loss. During Olsen’s process of coming to terms with her queerness and confronting the traumas keeping her from fully accepting herself, she felt it was time to come out to her parents, a hurdle she’d been avoiding for some time.