Karen O feat. Michael Kiwanuka – YO! MY SAINT
Following up on the acclaimed Kenzo short films, including the Spike Jonze produced viral perfume ad in August 2016, Karen O has teamed up with Kenzo and director Ana Lily Amirpour to create an original music film. "YO! MY SAINT" was written and composed by Karen O for Kenzo and the 5- minute original song was inspired by Kenzo’s Spring Summer 2018 Collection. The track is performed by Karen O with guest vocals from Michael Kiwanuka.
The song and film are being released digitally world wide on January 11th with a limited edition 7" being released in two formats – one exclusive 250 pressing which will be singularly available on Karen O’s webstore and one limited run of 1000 available in Kenzo stores worldwide – on the 22nd January.
"YO! MY SAINT" is a three-pronged artistic endeavor incorporating music, film, and fashion. It’s the culmination of creativity erupting from Kenzo’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection. Linking them altogether is the underlying theme of muses – honoring, celebrating, and re-imagining the instigators and inspirations of creativity.
Karen O composed a profound narrative with "YO! MY SAINT", a track that builds to an arresting crescendo that fades into a gorgeous lullaby coda. Ana Lily Amirpour, the visionary behind the exemplary Iranian vampire noir A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, helmed the cinematic expression of the venture and worked closely with Karen (who also has a brief cameo). "It’s an amazing artistic endeavor and a conversation between two women," explains Kenzo’s creative director Carol Lim. "A female musician and a female director. That’s kind of the starting point of this. We’re so excited for it to finally come out."
It all began with Kenzo creative directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim’s graphic, bold, and daring collection, their sartorial mediation on pioneering model Sayoko Yamaguchi and music icon Ryuichi Sakamoto. "We talked about Sayoko being the historic muse, and Ryuichi, who we love and are obsessed with, being our modern muse," says Humberto. The all-Asian cast runway show was groundbreaking and emotionally resonant. Backstage they were greeted by onlookers moved to tears at seeing such an inclusive statement.
The torch was then passed to Yeah Yeah Yeah’s front-person Karen O. "When I thought of the muses for Humberto and Carol being this Japanese artist and model, it just sparked this other side of my imagination, which is the Asian melodrama that’s within me" explains Karen. "For the music, I immediately wanted to do melodramatic and romantic and with lots of yearning and high stakes – all that good stuff that’s in any Korean soap opera. It just started owing through me. Also, I wanted there to be something authentically romantic about it in some kind of slightly unconventional way. That’s where my head went with it."
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