For the upcoming version of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are director Spike Jonze tapped the Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O to act as composer-a first as far we know. Going under the moniker Karen O and the Kids, it’s a soundtrack we’re looking forward to as much as Jonze much-talked about screen adaption.
According to the virgin composer, “I didn’t want to make music that was hammering you over the head or go
for some kind of pushbutton emotion….[what] I wanted
to do was close to Cat Stevens in Harold & Maude, really simple,
but memorably and seamlessly woven into the movie.
Joining O in the studio were Tristan Bechet (Services), Bradford Cox (Deerhunter), Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Dean Fertita (Queens of the Stone Age, The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs), Aaron Hemphill (Liars), Greg Kurstin (The Bird and the Bee), Jack Lawrence (The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs, The Greenhornes), Oscar Michel (Gris Gris), Imaad Wasif (New Folk Implosion, Alaska), Nick Zinner, (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and an untrained children’s choir.
Look for the movie in theatres October 16, while the soundtrack will be released on September 29.