Karen O and Danger Mouse are both serial collaborators, so when this joint album was announced we weren't all that surprised. Even so, we never thought the resultant set would be quite as good as this. Atmospheric, rich and full of songs that variously touch on sweeping cinematic soundtracks, driving Motown soul, fuzzy funk-rock, vintage trip-hop and hazy electronica, "Lux Prima" manages to showcase the best of both artists' talents while refusing to settle on one neatly defined sound. The set's dizzying highs - particularly the near 10-minute title track - are almost.
Karen O and Danger Mouse have concocted a lush, vivid world on their dreamy and poignant collaboration. On their new record Lux Prima, they appear to revel in the possibility of a blank slate. O said of making Lux Prima that when you create from a blurry place you can go places further than you’ve ever been, while Danger Mouse talked of looking for a place rather than a sound. Listening to the results, I imagine that place to be Paris 1969, Detroit 1964 or Bristol 1995, a blend of Serge Gainsbourg’s orchestral grace, Motown pop hustle, and the packed and dusty sound of ‘90s trip hop. At times, the results are sublime.
Danger Mouse said of the nine-minute first single, which surrounds Karen O’s atmospheric track with a lengthy synth-laden intro and spacey outro, With ‘Lux Prima,’ we were really looking for a place rather than a sound. The track marks Karen O’s first new song since she partnered with the French fashion house Kenzo for Yo! My Saint.
Photo: Eliot Lee Hazel. Of the constellation of artists that rose from the mire of early aughts New York City - the Strokes, TV on the Radio, Interpol, LCD Soundsystem - Karen Orzolek, . Karen O, is having the strangest and possibly the most edifying career. Her band, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, is known for reckless punk-rock abandon but also for a pop ballad and an EDM banger. Her solo career added new textures: 2014’s Crush Songs traded children’s choirs and big bands for drum machines and tape hiss, revealing the beating heart behind the music by stripping away production values
Karen O & Danger Mouse. Produced by Danger Mouse. Somewhere in my room Sometimes, I don't lock the door Every time I close my eyes Someone else's paradise Turns me into someone new, somewhere.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O and renowned producer Danger Mouse released their collaborative album Lux Prima Friday, and you can stream it now below. NASA doesn’t know it yet, but Saturn’s rings actually emit a frequency that sounds like the combined alchemy of Karen O’s ethereal rocker charm and Danger Mouse ’s musical scrutiny. Sounding like the stuff of both dreams and silver screens, Lux Prima ushers the listener through intergalactic soundscapes and down the aisle of sky-high cathedrals, managing both haunt and whimsy in one take.