New Music: Angel Olsen – “Who’s Sorry Now?” (Connie Francis Cover)
Angel Olsen’s yearning voice and lived-in songs always call back to classic country and pre-rock pop, even when she’s leading a rocking and occasionally glammy full band as on last year’s career highlight My Woman. Her cover of “Who’s Sorry Now,” a Tin Pan Alley tune written in 1923 and made a countryfied hit by Connie Francis 35 years later, makes the connection explicit. In addition to channeling Francis, Olsen has never sounded more like Patsy Cline, whose unmistakable spectral presence haunts her entire catalog.
Olsen recorded “Who’s Sorry Now” for Resistance Radio, a promotional album for the Amazon series The Man in the High Castle, which also features contributions from Beck, Kevin Morby, Karen O, and others. Based on the Philip K. Dick, novel, The Man in the High Castle takes place in an alternate history in which the Axis powers won World War II, and America is divided between German control on the East Coast and Japanese on the West. Resistance Radio, out April 7, enlists musicians to imagine what pirate radio broadcasts against the new regime might sound like. Hear “Who’s Sorry Now” via NPR below.