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Review: Angel Olsen – Mr. Lonely (Single)

Angel Olsen is certainly proficient in her ability to create brilliantly addictive tunes, her albums MY WOMAN and All Mirrors are, in my opinion, possibly two of the best albums of the last decade.

Two months ago, American film director Miranda July released the trailer for her forthcoming film KAJILLIONAIRE, a comedy starring Evan Rachel Wood and Richard Jenkins. In the trailer, we first heard Olsen’s eerie new cover of the 1962 classic by Bobby Vinton – Mr. Lonely.

The track, created especially for the film by Olsen and the film’s composer Emile Mosseri, is a chilling new rendition of this world-renowned classic, and certainly the most cinematic track we’ve ever heard from Olsen.

The films full soundtrack is set to be released soon on the 25th of September, but right now Olsen’s track is available to listen to in full on her Spotify.

The new film follows a family of con-artists training their daughter to pull off a heist to make them “kajillionaire” rich, and is out in cinemas on the 9th of October (UK).

Olsen spoke about how excited she was to be working with the film’s writer and director Miranda July, saying in a statement “Suddenly there she was, THE MIRANDA JULY in my text messages.”

The trailer’s use of modern covers of classic songs isn’t the first time we’ve seen this being done and seems to have become a popular trend amongst filmmakers and film composers since the release of James Mangold’s Logan trailer, starring Hugh Jackman. The trailer used a specially remastered version of Johnny Cash’s classic and deeply moving Hurt.

Warner Brothers added to this trend recently with the trailer for their upcoming film The Batman, which used a newly composed and equally haunting cover of Nirvana’s Something In The Way.

It can often feel brave of artists to cover such well-known songs, but Olsen and Mosseri have certainly pulled this one out of the bag for their new and unsettling interpretation, which they say “represents the feelings behind the film.”

Their single is available to listen to on Spotify now, as well as all of Angel Olsen brilliant solo albums.