Release Date: Mar 15, 2019
Record label: BMG
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
This is a stately, cinematic listen from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman and the veteran producer, as they take up residency a few lunar resorts over from Arctic Monkeys' Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino "Every time I close my eyes / Someone else's paradise / Turns me into someone new," murmurs Karen O on 'Nox Lumina'. She probably didn't write it as a cloaked, meta reference to her collaboration with Danger Mouse, but it could be one. 'Lux Prima', the first album that sees the Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman join forces with the genre-hopping producer and musician, presents a different side of Karen O There are no songs on this record that would require the singer to bend over backward onstage, wrap the mic cord around her neck and hawk mouthfuls of booze into the air or the audience.
The press release for Lux Prima declares that, "The pair co-wrote all of the songs, working with no boundaries or rules". Danger Mouse is coming off of a string of victories over the course of the decade as both producer and (co-)songwriter. Karen O , however, is coming off of back-to-back albums that felt stilted and awkward (Yeah Yeah Yeah's Mosquito) and inessential (her solo record, Crush Songs), neither of which played to O's strengths.
Iconic Yeah Yeah Yeahs' front-woman Karen O and world-renowned producer Danger Mouse set their stall out early with the theatrical introduction offered by their nine-minute, title-track epic. Whirring, mysterious sounds - reminiscent of sci-fi film scores - are eventually invaded by a chirpy, poignant piano…the worlds of the two creators collide instantly. There's a cinematic feel throughout the record with string arrangements controlling the mood, which shifts from dark and mysterious to infectiously euphoric in an instant.