Karen O Debuts 'Rapt'

Karen O has the magical kind of voice that chills you from the inside out, leaving you heartbroken and happy all at once. Well, Karen’s back to break our hearts with a video for “Rapt”, the first single off of her upcoming solo album Crush Songs, which will be released September 5th on Julian Casablancas’ Cult Records label.

“Rapt” is directed by O’s husband Barney Clay and the video is as chilling as her voice, capturing an ethereal and melancholy Karen floating underwater in a red dress and lipstick to match while we make eye contact with her – it’s as if she’s singing this song directly to the viewer, making the interaction super personal, especially with lyrics like “love’s a fucking bitch to me” (goosebumps all over).

The entire album was recorded in 2006 and 2007 in her bedroom and pens from late-twenties heartbreaks. "When I was 27, I crushed a lot. I wasn’t sure I’d ever fall in love again. These songs were written and recorded in private around this time. They are the soundtrack to what was an ever-continuing love crusade. I hope they keep you company on yours." If “Rapt” is any indication of what the whole album is like then Karen, baby, Crush Songs will be the only company we need.

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