Singer-songwriter Pete Yorn's 2009 is shaping up as a very busy year. After his fourth album "Back and Fourth" hits stores on June 23, he's scheduled to release a Serge Gainsbourg/Brigitte Bardot-style duets record with actress/singer Scarlett Johansson this fall. Entitled "Break Up," the nine song set is due September 8 via Atco/Rhino. The lead single, "Relator," is available starting today (May 26) via iTunes and streaming on the album's website.
While best known for her film work ("Lost In Translation," "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," "Match Point") Johansson released her first album "Anywhere I Lay My Head" in 2008, under the production helm of TV on the Radio's David Sitek. The album featured 10 Tom Waits covers along with one original and was met with mixed critical reception. According to Nielson SoundScan, "Anywhere I Lay My Head" has sold 19,000.
Yet the conception and recording of "Break Up" predates "Anywhere I Lay My Head" by two years. In a release, Yorn says "I was having a strange week of insomnia and when I finally passed out, it came to me in a dream. I woke up and the whole thing was in my head, fully formed."