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Karen O: 'The girl group sound shaped my melodic sensibility'

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs' frontwoman releases her debut solo album on September 8

Karen O: 'The girl group sound shaped my melodic sensibility'

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Karen O has spoken out about the influence the classic 'girl group sound' and doo wop has had on her own songwriting.

Speaking to The Guardian, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' frontwoman explained: "When it comes to my solo work nothing has greater influence than my dad's best of the 50s and 60s CD compilations. The doo-wop and girl group sound from those decades has shaped my melodic sensibility more than anything else."

Karen O releases her debut solo album 'Crush Songs' on September 8 via Julian Casablancas' Cult Records. The album was recorded between 2006 and 2007 and is described as a "collection of lo-fi, bedroom recordings.". Scroll down for a full tracklisting. She continued: "Tracks with hyper-romantic sentiment like Connie Francis's 'Who's Sorry Now' and Ray Peterson's 'Tell Laura I Love Her' just killed me. Strong melody and deceptively simple lyrics that emote on a grand scale is what I'm all about." She will play two gigs at London's Bush Hall on October 4 and 5.

NME BLOG: First listen reaction to Karen O's 'Rapt'

The 'Crush Songs' tracklisting is:

'Ooo'
'Rapt'
'Visits'
'Beast'
'Comes The Night'
'NYC Baby'
'Other Side'
'So Far'
'Day Go By'
'Body'
'King'
'Indian Summer'
'Sunset Sun'
'Native Korean Rock'
'Singalong'


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