Karen O Shares ‘Crush Songs’ Low-Key Stunner “Rapt” in Watery Video

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 07.28.14 in News

Karen O has set clear expectations for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer’s upcoming solo album, Crush Songs, and the first song and video match them sublimely.

The LP, due out on September 9 via Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas’ Cult Records imprint, is billed as “an intimate collection of lo-fi, bedroom recordings.” The stripped-down, heartbroken ballad “Rapt” certainly fits that description, but the evanescent two-minute track also benefits from O’s sharp pop sensibility from years as a frontwoman, flowing naturally from pained observations like “love is soft, love’s a fucking bitch” to the bittersweet, central question: “Do I really need another habit like you?” She doesn’t sound sure, especially about whether the need is mutual, but — very much like her Oscar-nominated “Moon Song” — it’s a marvelously concise, affecting bit of low-key singer/songwriting, finding a contemporary space somewhere between Lou Barlow and Cassie Ramone.

The video (via Pitchfork) is directed by husband Barney Clay with production designed by her Stop the Virgens “psycho-opera” collaborator K.K. Barrett — who, like O, was Oscar-nominated for work on Spike Jonze’s Her.  It shows her dressed in blazing red, underwater: a poignant visual metaphor for what a crush feels like.

Karen O, 'Rapt'

via YouTube