The previously announced anti-Trump subscription compilation Our First 100 Days began today, and damn it if they didn’t come out swinging.
First up in the batter’s box is Angel Olsen’s new track “Fly On Your Wall,” which does just about everything that makes her best work so haunting and hypnotic and compelling. As the song steadily gets its legs under it, Olsen is shaking and warbling about “Turning into someone I’d never imagined I’d be.” With a bit of almost military march drumming underneath her, Olsen’s realizing her current life situation can’t be reversed. Where before she wanted “Nothing more than for this to be the end,” now she’s wanting to go back. She wants one last glimpse at what was. The past is the past, and the future is the future, and she’s forever caught in between.
Our First 100 Days, which is put on by Secretly Group and 30 Days, 30 Songs, has also announced a new slate of artists contributing to the project, including: Ty Segall, Waxahatchee, Joey Purp, Porches, Protomartyr and Kami. They join the previously billed Toro y Moi, Mitski, Whitney, Tim Heidecker, Will Oldham (Bonnie “Prince” Billy), Avey Tare (of Animal Collective), How to Dress Well, Jens Lekman and The Range.
All of the compilation’s proceeds will go to causes that could be stymied under a Trump presidency, including: The People’s Climate Movement, Southerners on New Ground, Hoosier Action and Cosecha.
You can preorder Our First 100 Days via Bandcamp here and read a Paste interview with Angel Olsen here. Listen to “Fly On Your Wall” below.