Karen O’s “Strange Love” or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Tim Burton

Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie comes out towards the beginning of October and there is going to be some great music on that soundtrack (which comes out September 25th). The song has its roots in calypso, fun and upbeat. It’s definitely kid friendly and accessible for those who might be on the fence about Burton’s films (but most of you reading this are probably already familiar with and like his work).

Mark Foster from Foster the People, Imagine Dragons, Passion Pit, Kimbra, Robert Smith of The Cure, and (interestingly) Winona Ryder of Johnny Depp’s former tattoo (now Wino Forever) are all slated to be on the soundtrack as well. We hope their songs are as good or better than Karen O’s.

Rolling Stone talked to Karen O about the choices she made with the song:

“Tim [Burton] wanted an unconventional unconditional love song. My music inspiration came out of the same era of B movie fright film references sprinkled throughout the film. I went in the direction of exotica and calypso stylistically because it’s quirky, good vibes music of that era and when you throw in a theramin solo it’s a marriage made in heaven. I remember Beetlejuice introducing me to the genius of Harry Belafonte’s calypso record so I wanted to give a nod to that too. We ended up with a love song for the end of the film to the film! Frankenweenie is so special, it’s an unbelievable honor to be involved with it.”

We would really like to give you an official SoundCloud link to embed here but that’s proving to be difficult to find. So, visit Pitchfork and give it a  listen.

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