Karen O Confirms Solo Album, ‘Crush Songs’

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 06.25.14 in News

About six years ago, Karen O played a couple seemingly random solo shows at the tiny Brooklyn venue Union Pool, a spot that was an early supporter and reliable watering hole of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and longtime friends like TV on the Radio. Having witnessed one of them, and been struck by how fully formed the YYY-free set was, I assumed she was about to pull a Radiohead and release a new record out of the blue. But then … nothing, not until last year’s Her film, which featured an Oscar-nominated Karen O song as sparse and lovestruck as the ones she had performed five years before.

Well it looks like the singer is finally ready for her closeup. According to a press release sent out this morning, Cult Records — the growing imprint of Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas — is releasing Karen O’s long delayed solo LP, Crush Songs, on September 9. And if you can’t wait that long, a limited signed and numbered LP featuring sunburst colored vinyl and a custom envelope with 15 cards of handwritten lyrics and drawings is being sent out slightly earlier. As for what the record sounds like, “The Moon Song” comparisons are inevitable, as the album is also described as “an intimate collection of lo-fi, bedroom recordings.” Check out its cover art and a note about the record’s general vibe below…

Karen O - 'Crush Songs'