Angel Olsen has a knack for honing in on one emotion, keeping a firm grip, and expressing it in a purified form. In this case, ‘Shut Up Kiss Me’ is all about devotion, safety in small numbers. Every line serves its purpose, from repeated bursts of “shut up, kiss me, hold me tight!” to the promise “I could make it all disappear… we could rewind all of those tears.” It’s about two people taking shelter, shutting themselves off from the fear and paranoia of a big wide world.
Life’s worth living if it’s with you, baby - that’s the message. Backed by simple, punchy, distortion-soaked guitars, there are no gimmicks to ‘Shut Up Kiss Me’. Free of frills, best served without any sides, it’s as pure an expression as Angel’s delivered to date.
Angel Olsen’s new album ‘My Woman’ is released 2nd September via Jagjaguwar.