Since her career began, KAREN O has consistently proven herself to be among the most diverse, influential, and transformative artists in music. As frontwoman of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, she has inspired a generation and played an integral part in what is commonly regarded as a revival era in rock. She has collaborated with musicians THE FLAMING LIPS, SANTIGOLD, TRENT REZNOR, DAVID LYNCH, THE SWANS and has contributed multiple scores to critically acclaimed films. Amongst those were original compositions for 2009’s WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE and 2013’s HER (for which she received Grammy Nominations in the category of Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media, and nominations for an Oscar and Golden Globe). In 2014, she released her debut solo album, CRUSH SONGS. Most recently, KAREN O featured on composer DANIELE LUPPI’S album MILANO alongside collaborators PARQUET COURTS.
KAREN O & DANGER MOUSE’S COLLABORATIVE ALBUM LUX PRIMA OUT MARCH 15
Lux Prima, the forthcoming collaborative album from icons Karen O and Danger Mouse, is set for release March 15 on BMG. “Woman,” a new song from the record, debuts today—listen here. The album’s title track, their debut recording as a duo, was released in November.
“‘Woman’ came like a bolt out of the blue when we were in the studio,” says O. “We did a first pass where I was blurting unintelligible words and Danger Mouse and I were like ‘Dang! That was intense. What’s that word I keep saying? Woman.’ The atmosphere was volatile with it being just after the election. A lot of people felt helpless like you do when you’re a scared kid looking for assurance that everything is gonna be alright. I like to write songs that anyone can relate to but this one felt especially for the inner child in me that needed the bullies out there to know you don’t fuck with me. I’m a woman now and I’ll protect that inner girl in me from hell and high water.”
Lux Prima is the first release from iconic Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O and legendary musician-producer Danger Mouse. The two originally met to discuss collaboration in 2007 as mutual admirers, but careers and lives got in the way. In 2015, they got serious and made a plan while O was pregnant with her son. After his birth, they entered the studio with no sonic parameters and a handful of references—Lux Prima was born.
Lux Prima will be available digitally, on CD and gatefold LP with exclusive merchandise bundles from the artist store. Pre-order now and get “Woman” and “Lux Prima” immediately here. An exclusive LP version with alternate colorway will be available at independent record stores on release day.
In addition to four albums with Yeah Yeah Yeahs and a solo album, Crush Songs, Grammy-nominated O has contributed to soundtracks for Where The Wild Things Are and Her, for which she was nominated for an Oscar. Grammy-winning artist Danger Mouse’s projects include Gnarls Barkley, Broken Bells and Danger Doom as well as work with Adele, The Black Keys, Gorillaz, ASAP Rocky and beyond.
KAREN O & DANGER MOUSE — LUX PRIMA
1. Lux Prima
3. Turn The Light
7. Leopard’s Tongue
9. Nox Lumina