Karen O - Crush Songs

Karen Lee Orzolek, known to most of us as Karen O, has led the Yeah Yeah Yeahs for 14 years, but she’s never released a solo album. (Her score for Spike Jonze’s Where The Wild Things Are was credited to Karen O And The Kids.) That changes this fall, when Karen will release Crush Songs, an LP of lo-fi bedroom songs that she recorded in 2006 and 2007. According to a press release, those songs will sound something like “The Moon Song,” her Oscar-nominated contribution to Jonze’s Her.

For the albums release, Karen has signed with Cult Records, the label run by Strokes frontman and fellow early-’00s New York rock-boom veteran Julian Casablancas. Here’s what she has to say about the LP in a press release: “When I was 27, I crushed a lot. I wasn’t sure I’d ever fall in love again. These songs were written and recorded in private around this time. They were the soundtrack to what was an ever continuing love crusade. I hope they keep you company on yours.”

Crush Songs is out 9/9 on Cult.

Comments (12)
  1. Cool news. I love “The Moon Song.” I think O is great solo.

  2. Is that the same artist who did the cover of Wye Oak – Shriek?

  3. Best news I’ve heard in a good while. I’m awfully excited for this.

  4. This will either be incredible or rather poor.

  5. Can’t wait! I love her.

  6. My gut feeling (and I hate my gut for this) is as Karen O moves forward both as a solo artist and front woman for Y3 is everything she does will become indistinguishable from tripe like Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.

    I cannot tell you how much I hope I’m wrong. Cuz all of the Y3 output prior to It’s Blitz blew my mind.

  7. Great news. I’m hoping for some country leanings.

  8. nice ‘joy of sex’ inspired cover art.

  9. This sounds like it might just be a formal release of the songs that leaked around 2008, right? The timeline and description of the music totally fits. Bummer, was looking forward to something new.

    • KO at home leaked in 2006 so it should have some new songs on it. (i hope.) even if she sticks with the same material, i’m looking forward to more fleshed versions of the songs..

  10. My favorite crush song is the radio version of Big Pun & Joe’s “Still Not a Player.” Here’s hoping this captures some of that magic.

  11. Wedding Song (acoustic) was the best YYY’s song in years by far, and it sounded very much in the direction of Moon Song… excited.

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