Karen O & Ezra Koenig - "The Moon Song"

It’s a testament to Karen O’s incredibly strong songwriting that the delicate “Moon Song” manages to stand out amidst the lush melancholia of Arcade Fire and Owen Pallett’s score for Her. The song was originally written as a duet between Scarlett Johansson and Joaquin Phoenix’s characters in the film, but it’s been rerecorded with Ezra Koenig as the assisting vocalist. The production values for the song have also been raised considerably compared to the lo-fi version we heard previously. “Singing this song with Ezra felt like fulfilling a wish of my die-hard romantic junior high self,” Karen O told Rolling Stone. Karen O is nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song and the whole soundtrack is nominated for Best Original Score. Listen below.

This version of “Moon Song” will appear on a three-song Moon Song EP that is set to come out this week. There is still no official release date for the Her soundtrack but you can listen to it here.

Comments (7)
  1. as if the movie hadn’t made me swoon enough

  2. Gradients are so in, guys. Get involved.

  3. I think it’s much more enjoyable without Ezra. He probably could have done a solid version by himself, but their vocal stylings do not pair up well at all.

    • i like how it sounds more like a conversation now

      • it loses more of its fragility though. and they’re not a very harmonious pairing, even in a contrast. if it had to be a duet/conversation, there are more apt pairings.

        • its like a john hughes match. coolest girl in school hanging with the biggest dork.

        • *6 months later…*

          I see your point, but I think this is the special thing. The contrast, that reflects the contrast of the 2 main characters of the movie. a human and a logical being. Another song that reflects that is the Song on the Beach/Photograph. Yin-Yang.

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