Regina Spektor knows how to spin a catchy pop song. The adorably quirky musician, sometimes referred to as the “Joni Mitchell of her generation,” has been touring and promoting her latest album, What We Saw From The Cheap Seats, which came out in May 2012. As busy as she has been, she still found time to create new music.
On Wednesday, the singer-songwriter released a new single, “You’ve Got Time,” which you can hear under the opening credits of, Orange is the New Black, the latest Netflix series. This is not the first time Spektor’s music has been sampled in film or television; her music has been featured in CSI: NY, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Weeds, and (500) Days of Summer.
The Netflix show follows a woman named Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) who winds up in women’s prison for smuggling drugs for her one-time (female) lover. While serving out her fifteen-month sentence, she realizes she isn’t that different from the other inmates. Between the dark double meaning of the title and the biting lyrics, “You’ve Got Time” fits the feel of the new series with a theme that equates prison life to being trapped in a cage: “The cage is full / Stay awake / In the dark, count mistakes.” Propelled by a driving piano beat and distorted guitars, the song also harkens back to some of Spektor’s early output such as “Your Honor” and “That Time” from her Soviet Kitsch and Begin To Hope albums.
A new Regina Spektor song and a new series to watch—it’s a match made in heaven (or prison, for that matter).