Karen O

Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O has one of the most unique and intriguing voices in rock and roll with the ability to recreate a slew of emotions vocally. From loud cries to shy whimpers, her emotional range will undoubtedly be a common theme on her new solo record, due out on September 9th.

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The album’s title, Crush Songs, is a perfect representation of its content. The LP is a firsthand account of Karen’s personal bouts with various crushes and dealings with love. “When I was 27 I crushed a lot,” says Karen of the new record in a handwritten note. “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.”

The songs were recorded in a bedroom between 2006 and 2007, so they aren’t exactly the latest recordings from the singer. Regardless, they’ll be new to everyone who hears then. All the art and lyrics for Crush Songs was hand drawn by Karen herself, adding to the personal touch. Check out the eerie video for “Rapt” and prepare to pine away September alone in your bedroom.

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