Karen O & Danger Mouse Premiere 9-Minute-Plus Song 'Lux Prima': Listen

Karen O & Danger Mouse
Eliot Lee Hazel

Karen O & Danger Mouse

Karen O and Danger Mouse have teamed up for their first joint release, "Lux Prima."

"Lux Prima," Latin for "first light," is the first song to be released from a future collaboration album. The song clocks in at more than nine minutes long and almost completely consists of instrumentation using classical wind instruments with some percussion and guitar.

"'Lux Prima' is the first song we wrote for the record,” Karen O said in a statement. “After making music for the past twenty years and embarking on making this record with Danger Mouse I knew a couple things: one was that the spirit of collaboration between us was going to be a pure one, and two was that the more I live the less is clear to me. When you create from a blurry place you can go places further than you’ve ever been. I think we both were excited to go far out.”

Outside of her solo career, Karen O is known for her work as frontwoman of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

“With ‘Lux Prima,’ we were really looking for a place rather than a sound,” Danger Mouse said in a statement. “It was our first shared destination so we thought we’d take our time getting there. The song itself is a bit of a journey, but all the parts felt like they needed each other. So it became our blueprint in a sense. We wrote the album in deliberate isolation. Along the way asking ourselves lots of questions. We didn’t find many answers, but found it was more about the questions themselves.”

A limited edition 12-inch record of "Lux Prima" will be exclusively available at independent record stores starting Dec. 14.


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