Interview: Angel Olsen And John Congleton On How They Made 'All Mirrors' : All Songs Considered Angel Olsen has reimagined her sound. On this edition of All Songs Considered, she and her co-producer, John Congleton reveal how they did it, with the help of a 14-piece string section.

"What making this record was about," says Angel Olsen, "is erasing my own thoughts about where the song should be, letting go and being more open to other ideas."

"I have this weird theory," adds John Congleton, "that the only thing a good producer really can do is know when a mistake is right."

This process began with Angel Olsen first recording all the songs as a solo album. Then, through these collaborations, the music organically morphed and strengthened into this extraordinary record.

You can hear the full interview with the play button at the top of the page and her the full album, All Mirrors below.
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Angel Olsen And John Congleton On How They Made 'All Mirrors'

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Angel Olsen has reimagined her sound. All Mirrors, her fourth album, reflects a more theatrical, more nuanced sound that includes a 14-piece string section. "I feel like I really did step out of what I'm used to," she says. "Which is good."

On this edition of All Songs Considered, she and her co-producer on All Mirrors, John Congleton talk about how they made the album, with the help of musician Ben Babbit and arranger Jherek Bischoff.

"What making this record was about," says Angel Olsen, "is erasing my own thoughts about where the song should be, letting go and being more open to other ideas."

"I have this weird theory," adds John Congleton, "that the only thing a good producer really can do is know when a mistake is right."

This process began with Angel Olsen first recording all the songs as a solo album. Then, through these collaborations, the music organically morphed and strengthened into this extraordinary record.

You can hear the full interview with the "listen" button at the top of the page and hear the full album, All Mirrors below.


Hear Angel Olsen's 'All Mirrors'