The enigmatic Yeah Yeah Yeah's singer Karen O will release her solo album “Crush Songs” this fall. The LP, which marks the start of her solo career, is expected for a September 9 release date. The record will be released via Cult Records, which is owned by The Stroke's frontman Julian Casablancas. It will be available pre-release as a limited edition vinyl, featuring Karen's personal drawings and handwritten lyrics. The songs on the album were written between 2006 and 2007.
In a note posted on her website, Karen says “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 are the soundtrack to what was an ever continuing love crusade. I hope they keep you company on yours.”
Karen O has been the lead singer of the Yeah Yeah Yeah's since their 2003 debut “Fever to Tell.” The release of their albums, 2006's “Show Your Bones” and 2009's “It's Blitz!,” saw the band getting critical acclaim and a mass fan following. Their latest album “Mosquito” was released last year and featured hit singles “Sacrilege” and “Despair.”
This isn't the first time the singer has broken out on her own. She has lent her voice to several songs including Santigold's “GO!,” “Song for a Warrior” by Swans, “Pinky's Dream” by David Lynch, and “I Can Be a Frog” by Flaming Lips. In 2012, she collaborated with James Iha, former guitarist of the Smashing Pumpkins, on his second solo LP “Look to the Sky.” Earlier this year, Karen O's song ,“The Moon Song” from the film “Her,” was nominated for an Academy Award. She also composed the soundtrack for the Spike Jonze film “Where the Wild Things Are.”
“Crush Songs” is available for pre-order now. To get a copy and for more on Karen O, visit her website.