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January 25, 2018

Karen O: “YO! MY SAINT” (ft. Michael Kiwanuka)

By: Taylor Wallace

Fresh from her recent Milano collabs with composer Daniele Lupi and post-punkers Parquet Courts, Karen O is back with a new single (featuring the smooth, rich vocals of Michael Kiwanuka), but it’s not just a single. It’s a single extension of a bigger project: part music, part film, part fashion, and all striking. Made for a short film for French fashion house Kenzo, “Yo! My Saint” is the story of a photographer who is able to catapult the careers of his models by treating and shooting them like works of art. The perspective shifts back and forth between the photographer–torn between his love for two of his muses–and his latest subject in a powerful, dramatic discourse paired with dramatic shots and dramatic, haunting songwriting evoking all the passion and fire of a Korean soap opera. Karen O even makes a cameo in the film as the photographer’s assistant, handing him his tool to transform these young models into icons, setting the song and story in motion.

Watch the full short film here.

-Taylor Wallace// Host, Thursdays 8p-11p & Saturdays 2p-6p; Producer, Eklektikos with John Aielli