Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O is releasing her first solo album in September. Crush Songs was recorded primarily in 2006 and 2007—which is kind of a long time ago, in music years—back around the time Yeah Yeah Yeahs released their Grammy-nominated Show Your Bones. Karen O, now 35, said in a statement that she titled it Crush Songs, because at the time, when she was 27, she “crushed a lot.”
The record arrives September 9 from Cult Records, the label founded by The Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas. In the past few years, Karen O has been pursuing a lot more solo work, including Her’s “The Moon Song,” which was nominated for an Academy Award.