In the dimly-shot clip for Rapt (below), Karen O channels PJ Harvey‘s Down By The Water as she hovers underwater wearing red lipstick and a red dress. The song itself mirrors the video’s murky and waterlogged aesthetic, with O’s gentle vocals sitting atop a lo-fi recording of a very mellow acoustic guitar.
The Rapt video was directed by Karen O’s husband Barney Clay, and its production designed was done by K.K. Barrett, who worked with Karen on her “psycho-opera” Stop the Virgens.
Crush Songs will be released via The Strokes‘ Julian Casablancas‘ record label, Cult. The album will be available digitally, on CD, on single vinyl and as a limited-edition vinyl package including 15 cards of Karen’s personal drawings and handwritten lyrics. Pre-orders are available here.
Watch: Karen O – Rapt
Gallery: Karen O (Stop the Virgens) A Psycho Opera – Vivid LIVE Opera House, Sydney 30/05/2012
Watch Karen O's Underwater Video For Lo-Fi Solo Single 'Rapt' - Music Feeds
Photos by Prudence Upton and Daniel Boud