Millennial rock goddess Karen O is now an Academy Award contender thanks to her contribution to the soundtrack for “Her,” Spike Jonze’s lauded film starring Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson as the AI voice he falls in love with. In the film, “The Moon Song” is created by Phoenix and Johansson as a musical manifestation of their love.
“It’s wild because ‘The Moon Song’ was written and recorded in the most humble of circumstances; at my dining room table, a few paces away from the couch I read the script for ‘Her’ for the first time,” the Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman told Rolling Stone magazine.
But the version of the song that appears in the film isn’t the only one that Karen O recorded. She’s now shared a recording she made with Jewish Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig.
“I wrote the song as a duet,” Karen O explained to 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.”
The resulting track is beautiful, with noticeably more production than the acoustic original of the film. Take a listen and drift away with Karen O and Koenig.
J-Connection: Ezra Koenig and Spike Jonze are both Jewish.