The investigative journalist would have celebrated her 151th birthday on Tuesday (May 5)
The song was revealed today, (May 5), marking what would have been Bly’s 151th birthday. Bly, who passed away in 1922, was a pioneer in the field of investigative journalism. This new song ‘Oh, Nellie’ was penned by O especially for the Google Doodle. The Google Doodle image itself was created by artist Katy Wu. Listen to the song and watch the Google animation below.
Karen O released her debut solo album ‘Crush Songs’ in September 2014 via Julian Casablancas’ Cult Records label.
Speaking to NME recently, Karen O revealed that her band currently have no plans of working on new material and are “on a bit of a hiatus”. She explained that the group are waiting to feel inspired before starting anything new together. “We’re on a bit of hiatus at the moment, so nothing yet. We have to wait to get the urge, get that itch. The time needs to be right and we’re OK waiting for that, I think,” she said, adding that when the band do get back together “it’ll be like muscle memory, this unspoken thing between the three of us where it all just… locks in.”
O also spoke about her nervousness when it came to releasing solo material for the first time and why it took seven years for ‘Crush Songs’ to go from being written to being made public. “Even when the whole thing was a done deal, like two weeks before the record came out, I was having second thoughts, like, ‘No! What am I doing?! Is it too late to put the brakes on?!’ It’s a big thing to bare yourself to the world on your own […] It just took a while to commit to the idea of sharing something so personal,” she said.
In April, it was reported that Karen O is pregnant with her first child. The musician 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’.