As you may remember, Angel Olsen covered the 1964 Bobby Vinton classic "Mr. Lonely" for the trailer for Kajillionaire, Me and You and Everyone We Know director Miranda July' first full-length feature in nine years, and today Angel released her cover of the song in full. It was made with Emile Mosseri, who scored the film, and it's a haunting update of the song that's perfectly within Angel's wheelhouse. Here's more background, via press release:
At July’s and Mosseri’s first meeting, Mosseri arrived with a few pieces of music recorded on his phone. July was apprehensive when he offered to play them, given that she’d yet to fully respond to any one piece of music.
“At that point, I felt like the princess and the pea, but I said, sure, go ahead and play them. The first thing he played was the love theme for Old Dolio and Melanie, and it was the most beautiful thing I’d ever heard. I couldn't believe I was so lucky. We just went from there. We had five weeks to get it done. It was a perfect collaboration,” July said.
As they put the score together, July and Mosseri exchanged music they both enjoyed and felt suited the film. A common artist shared in their exchanges was Angel Olsen, who soon emerged as a contender for the Bobby Vinton number, “Mr. Lonely.”
“So at Sundance, when Miranda and I started talking about making a version of ‘Mr. Lonely’ for the album, Angel's name was at the top of the list,” Mosseri recalls. “We got lucky! she happened to be in LA for a week right before the pandemic hit. We built a version of the song out of the fabric of the score, and Angel came by and sang it so beautifully. It was a truly magical day.”
When July reached out to her about covering “Mr. Lonely”, Olsen was immediately interested.
“Suddenly there she was. THE MIRANDA JULY. In my text messages,” Angel remembers. “She was working on songs with Emile for the upcoming film Kajillionaire, which at the time I knew nothing about. I just so happened to be in Los Angeles. So I met with them both, and we talked about cadence and we talked about life and we talked about the film. And Miranda directed me to sing the cover in the way she and Emile thought it would represent the feelings behind the film. It was a lovely experience. Later, Miranda and I went outside for a little break and we did a little improv with each other. Just us."
The film -- which stars Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld), Richard Jenkins (Six Feet Under), Debra Winger (Terms of Endearment), and Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) -- comes out Friday (9/18). The soundtrack comes out September 25 (pre-order).
Angel also just released her great new album Whole New Mess last month,.
Kajillionaire Soundtrack Tracklist
1. Love Theme
2. Mr Lonely (featuring Angel Olsen)
3. Darker Than This
4. Infinite Love
5. Old Dolios Plan
6. Fake Falsey People
7. Rile Me Up
10. Bubbles Beat
12. After the Quake
13. Our Love