Angel Olsen has shared a cover of Men Without Hats’ “Safety Dance” from her forthcoming ’80s covers EP, Aisles
Earlier this month, Olsen added her own twist to Laura Branigan’s “Gloria.” Olsen’s cover of “Safety Dance” is just as brooding as that one. Olsen adds a gloomy, droning sound to the upbeat anthem. The way Olsen makes this famous track her own will leave you awestruck. You’ll find yourself crooning along as she sings renowned lines like, “We can dance if we want to/ We can leave your friends behind.”
“I felt this song could be reinterpreted to be about the time of quarantine and the fear of being around anyone or having too much fun,” Olsen explains of her “Safety Dance” cover. “It made me wonder, is it safe to laugh or dance or be free of it all for just a moment?”
Listen to Olsen’s cover of “Safety Dance” below.
Olsen’s cover of “Gloria” is equally unique as this one. Olsen definitely adds her own twist to the track, making it much more droning and melancholic. With a pulsing beat and wavering, disorienting instrumentals, this emotive track is a must-listen. Revisit that cover here.
“I know it’s not really in my history to do something unintentional or just for the hell of it,” Olsen explains of the EP. “But my connection to these songs is pretty straightforward, I just wanted to have a little fun and be a little more spontaneous, and I think I needed to remember that I could!”
The forthcoming EP was recorded in Asheville, North Carolina with co-producer/engineer Adam McDaniel. Aisles will see Olsen covering Billy Idol’s “Eyes Without A Face,” Alphaville’s “Forever Young,” and more.
Aisles is out digitally on August 20th and physically on September 24th via somethingcosmic. Pre-order Aisles here and check out the tracklist below.
Aisles EP Tracklist:
01 – “Gloria”
02 – “Eyes Without a Face”
03 – “Safety Dance”
04 – “If You Leave”
05 – “Forever Young”
Lead photo courtesy of Dana Trippe.