August 20, 2012


Listen: New Karen O Song From "Frankenweenie" Soundtrack

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Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

Yeah Yeah Yeahs banshee Karen O is revealing herself to be the soundtrack queen. First it was her moving, marvelous work for Where the Wild Things Are (no, really, it's one of my all-time favorite albums). Then it was her "psycho opera" soundtrack to Stop the Virgens, performed in Brooklyn last fall. Now it's this cute little ditty called "Strange Love" (listen here!) for the new Tim Burton film Frankenweenie. The soundtrack, called Frankenweenie Unleashed! (out September 25), also features exclusive songs from Grace Potter and the Flaming Lips, Passion PitGrouplove, and the Cure's Robert Smith.

Below, Karen O tells RS about what influenced her contribution to the film: 

"The same era of B-movie fright film references sprinkled throughout the film. I went in the direction of exotica and calypso stylistically because it’s quirky, good vibes music of that era, and when you throw in a Theremin solo, it’s a marriage made in heaven. I remember Beetlejuice introducing me to the genius of Harry Belafonte's calypso record, so I wanted to give a nod to that, too."

Frankenweenie hits theaters on October 5.