The new track, ’YO! MY SAINT’, is released in support of fashion house KENZO’s Spring Summer 18 collection.
The video, which is directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, sees a photographer attend a fashion shoot only to be haunted by images of his model muse (Jessica Henwick).
He then sees her advert on the city streets and her face onscreen at a karaoke bar. Watch below:
KENZO creative directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim were inspired by the late Japanese model Sayoko Yamaguchi and music icon Ryuichi Sakamoto for the collection.
Karen O, who is half South Korean, said: “When I thought of the muses for Humberto and Carol being this Japanese artist and model, it just sparked this other side of my imagination, which is the Asian melodrama that’s within me.
“For the music, I immediately wanted to do melodramatic and romantic and with lots of yearning and high stakes – all that good stuff that’s in any Korean soap opera.
“It just started owing through me.”
She added: “I wanted there to be something authentically romantic about it in some kind of slightly unconventional way. That’s where my head went with it.”
Gettin ready for YO! MY SAINT my collab with director Ana Lily Amirpour for @kenzo‘s spring/summer 2018 film campaign 💥💥💥 the song features @michaelkiwanuka stay tuned fo mo’ 🤘😍🖖 #YOMYSAINT #KENZO #KENZOSS2018 pic.twitter.com/kzHG3H0Yw4
— Karen O (@KarenO) January 9, 2018
Vinyl geeks will be pleased to hear that a fluorescent yellow pressing of ‘YO! MY SAINT!’ 7” vinyl with a striped etching B-side is available on the Karen O website, but you’ll have to get in quick – there are only 250 available.
A further 1000 copies are available from Kenzo stores worldwide, in transparent red.
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