Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O's contribution to the soundtrack of Tim Burton's upcoming full-length Frankenweenie movie is brazenly sweet, even coming from the woman responsible for the Where the Wild Things Are soundtrack. It is sugary enough to speak the language of children fluently.
The song was inspired in part by what went down in Burton's Beetlejuice so many years ago. Here's what she told Rolling Stone:
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.
Fun fact: she composed this while wearing a shrimp on each finger. (No she didn't.)
You can stream "Strange Love" at Pitchfork. I don't know whether Karen has lost her edge or merely child-proofed it, but the song is pretty fucking adorable.
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