Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O has given birth to her first child.
The musician announced her pregnancy earlier this year, now confirming the news via Instagram. O uploaded a photo of her newborn son to the social networking site with a caption quoting Roberta Flack’s rendition of ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’. See that post below.
Karen O is married to director Barnaby Clay, who has also worked with Gnarls Barkley and Depeche Mode, as well as shooting the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ video for ‘Zero’.
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Shortly after we brought him home I held him in my arms and listened to Roberta Flack singing this tune I felt my heart exploding in my chest with a love I couldn't begin to put into words so Roberta's will have to do for now✨The first time ever I saw your face I thought the sun rose in your eyes And the moon and the stars were the gifts you gave To the dark and the endless skies, my love To the dark and the endless skies
Karen O released her debut solo album ‘Crush Songs’ in September of last year via Julian Casablancas’ Cult Records label.
Speaking around the time of ‘Crush Songs’ release, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer revealed the influence the classic girl group sound and doo wop has had on her own songwriting. “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.”
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.”
Released on Julian Casablancas’ label Cult Records, ‘Crush Sounds’ was recorded between 2006 and 2007 and is described as a “collection of lo-fi, bedroom recordings”.