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."