Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Ezra Koenig joins Karen O on new version of Oscar-nominated lullaby

If you've been following Oscar news, you'll know that Yeah Yeah Yeah's Karen O is nominated for Best Original Song for The Moon Song from best picture nominee Her.

In the movie, Scarlett Johansson's Siri-like character sings it as a disembodied voice in a duet with star Joaquin Phoenix as he accompanies her on ukelele, expressing their unusual love. Both that version and the solo Karen O version are beautiful songs, but now, she may have made it even better in a re-recording that includes Jewish indie rock star Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend.

This version is part of a three-track EP that's due to be released this week. 

"I wrote the song as a duet," Karen O told Rolling Stone. "I was really excited at the prospect of getting to record it with a male vocalist. Ezra was super cool and open. He slipped into character like a champ and damn he's got the goods."

Listen to the duet below.

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