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.

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman, who was nominated for a best original song Academy Award last year for "Moon Song" from "Her," has created a new theme song for the video game heroine that will be featured in "Rise of the Tomb Raider," the forthcoming follow-up to the 2013 title that rebooted 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's kind of the theme of Lara's creation myth, the moment that defines her becoming an icon. It was really juicy stuff for me. I'm really into making melodramatic songs."

The track, titled "I Shall Rise," will be released digitally and featured at the end of "Rise of the Tomb Raider," as well as in an advertising campaign for the game, out Nov. 10 for Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Karen O, who also created the soundtrack for "Where the Wild Things Are," said working on the tune was not unlike creating music for films.

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

When she originally set out with producer Tristan Bechet to make the song, Karen O hoped to create 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 mother in September.

"I'm in this massive transition where I just brought a life into the world," she said. "It's 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's solely focused on raising her son at the moment, so it's unlikely 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 won't be playing "Rise of the Tomb Raider," though her brother might take a crack at 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've never played games, but I really respect the artistry of them. Nowadays, it just seems like they're on a whole other level."

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  • austinw-day
    11/06/2015 - 07:21 a.m.

    When it comes to video games, music is one of the most important things to have. When there is a battle or your exploring, the music that plays smooths you into the action rather nicely if you do it right. It helps the player what is going on around their surroundings in game, plus without music the game would be so empty, not even worth the average $60 price tag. Not to mention that, like mentioned in the article, it grips the player on an emotional level. Like if one of your favorite character dies, would you want no music or something more accommodating for the scene.

  • charlesh-war
    11/06/2015 - 08:25 a.m.

    Sounds cool I love the video game franchise. Often times a good soundtrack really helps a game, movie or event.

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

    Music is probably pretty important to video games because it can relate to certain parts of moments in the videogame. A certain song can also represent the video game in overall. Either way, music just makes it even more fun and exciting.

  • ianc-day
    11/06/2015 - 10:03 p.m.

    It is true, games have changed. I've found that if I play a game with an emotional ending, I get attached to it as well. One game the " Last Of Us" had a great ending that used the music to turn your emotions on. I agree with Karen O. Music adds to the video games and enhances emotions.

  • aronm-buc
    11/10/2015 - 11:02 a.m.

    Isn't the theme song the song that you recognize its from the game when that theme song is played? Its like the McDonalds theme right? Not that short but I think you know what I mean.

  • laurenc-bag
    11/12/2015 - 05:51 p.m.

    Music is so important to video games because it sometimes gives an extra little suspense to the game, especially if it is an already unpredictable and exciting video game.

  • julianc-bag
    11/12/2015 - 10:13 p.m.

    I would like to create a theme song for Black Ops 3.

  • adamb-lam
    11/18/2015 - 11:53 a.m.

    Music in major video games is maybe one of the most important parts of the game, and having a professional like her make the music seems to be a good idea.

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