Karen O crafts theme song for "Tomb Raider" game
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 frontwoman. She was nominated for a best original song Academy Award last year for "Moon Song" from "Her." She created a new theme song for the video game heroine that will be featured in "Rise of the Tomb Raider." It is the upcoming 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. It's the moment that defines her becoming an icon. It was really juicy stuff for me. I'm 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 used in an advertising campaign for the game, 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 creating music for films.

"I just focus on the material I'm given and tune into the emotions of the piece," said Karen O She 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 first 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. 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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Why is music so important to video games?
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  • christinal-hor
    11/17/2015 - 11:19 a.m.

    Music is so important to video games because it can describe the video game.

  • Jason0421-YYCA
    11/18/2015 - 09:33 p.m.

    I think that it is interesting for Karen O to team up with Lara Croft. I think that this will be an interesting combo. Hopefully the song for the game Rise of the Tomb Raider will be amazing.

  • hopek-ter
    11/19/2015 - 11:07 a.m.

    Music is not that important to a game because you can be talking and the person can not hear you because of the music.

  • coltonh-ter
    11/19/2015 - 11:27 a.m.

    Music is the most important thing in a video game. It bring the games climax to its best it can be. It also makes the game more intense or dramatic or whatever the game is about. Music in video games bring your emotions out. It could bring happy, sad, anger, or any other emotions you might have.

  • daltonw-ter
    11/19/2015 - 01:53 p.m.

    Music is important to video games because it would just be really good graphics but no music to support it. Without music its just a plain old video game. "BTW Rise of the Tomb Raider" is a really good game.

  • michaelsoly-
    11/20/2015 - 09:51 a.m.

    Karen O is making a song for tomb raider in 2015 for xbox 1 and 360 consoles. it is important because it brings a sense of accomplishment after you beat tombraider.

  • ryann-hor
    11/20/2015 - 11:32 a.m.

    because it adds a setting to the game and it adds the mood to the video game.

  • trvorwoly-
    11/20/2015 - 11:49 a.m.

    This is very interesting considering video games are my thing. She is a very good singer and i love her voice. Also the music will be keeping me engaged in the game.

  • trvorwoly-
    11/20/2015 - 11:50 a.m.

    ctq: Music is so important to a video game because it keeps the gamer engaged.

  • dylansoly-
    11/20/2015 - 01:36 p.m.

    music is very important in a game

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