Karen O crafts theme song for "Tomb Raider" game Karen O performs at the David Lynch Foundation Music Celebration at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. Karen O is crafting a new theme song for the latest "Tomb Raider" video game. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Karen O crafts theme song for "Tomb Raider" game
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Karen O is teaming up with Lara Croft.

Karen O is the Yeah Yeah Yeahs lead singer. She was nominated for a best original song Academy Award last year. It was for "Moon Song" from "Her." 

Now she has created a new theme song for the video game heroine. It will be featured in "Rise of the Tomb Raider." It is the upcoming follow-up to the 2013 title that restarted the action series.

"I think they wanted to bring on the melodrama with this song," said Karen O during a recent interview. "They wanted something emotional with a dramatic build. It is kind of the theme of Lara's creation myth. It is the moment that defines her becoming an icon. It was really juicy stuff for me. I am really into making melodramatic songs."

The track is titled "I Shall Rise." It will be released digitally and featured at the end of "Rise of the Tomb Raider." 

It will also be in an advertising campaign for the game. It comes out Nov. 10 for Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Karen O also created the soundtrack for "Where the Wild Things Are." She said working on the tune was not unlike making music for films.

"I just focus on the material I am given. And I tune into the emotions of the piece," said Karen O. She is joined on the track by guitarist David Pajo. "I have always been inspired by films and storytelling. I was in film school before the Yeah Yeah Yeahs became my career. I have always connected with mixing narrative and music together."

She first set out with producer Tristan Bechet to make the song. Karen O hoped to write an anthem similar to Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive." Despite making a song for a "Tomb Raider" game," she was more inspired by changing diapers then hunting for treasure. Karen O became a first-time mom in September.

"I am in this massive transition where I just brought a life into the world," she said. "It has redefined my concept of myself. I kind of got reduced to rubble in the process of it. I feel like I can relate to a heroine who is up against all kinds of physical and emotional adversity. I have this new perspective on women and motherhood."

Karen O said she is solely focused on raising her son at the moment. It is not likely that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs will be getting back together in the near future. The rock band released their last album, "Mosquito," in 2013. She also probably will not be playing "Rise of the Tomb Raider." But her brother might try it.

"When we were young, I used to watch him play games that had more of a story. Like 'Final Fantasy,'" she said. "I would actually get really emotional invested in them. I would cry when he would win. I have never played games. But I really respect the artistry of them. Nowadays, it just seems like they are on a whole other level."

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COMMENTS (21)
  • davisn-rob
    11/06/2015 - 09:44 a.m.

    music is so important to video games because they make it more dramatic like in horror games the music starts up when something bad is about to happen

  • dukeo-rob
    11/06/2015 - 09:45 a.m.

    music is impotant to video games because it would be so boring with it just being with no music. You can consentrate even more .

  • durhamb-rob
    11/06/2015 - 09:46 a.m.

    Music Is So Important To Video Games Because When You Play Video Games They Have Some Type Of Music Playing And Without It Playing , It Would Be Boring . That's Why They Probably Have Music Playing In All Video games .

  • gibsonn-rob
    11/06/2015 - 09:51 a.m.

    it is so important to have music in your video games becauce it adds emotions to what your doing.

  • garcianavaw-rob
    11/06/2015 - 09:55 a.m.

    The music is so impotant to video games becuase Keron O says that she just foucese on the material that she is giving and she adds a tune into the emotinos of the pieces.

  • clayr-rob
    11/06/2015 - 09:59 a.m.

    I think it is important because you dont want it silent when you play a games that is just weird, I think you should have a little bit of a sound.

  • andrew17-war
    11/06/2015 - 01:11 p.m.

    Tomb Raider is a good game but I think they should make it for PlayStation. They should make it for PlayStation so all counsels can play the same game. I have played tomb raider and it is fun and has a little challenge to it.

  • garciaa-rob
    11/06/2015 - 01:30 p.m.

    she wannts to be a good person and she wants to build something

  • cardinalej-rob
    11/06/2015 - 01:33 p.m.

    Music givese Video Games excitement and quality to the scene of the part of they game. The music shows emotion to a certain thing

  • jimeneza-rob
    11/06/2015 - 01:33 p.m.

    Music is important to video games because without music the video games wont be as good.

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