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Karen O Shares New Song “YO! MY SAINT” Featuring Michael Kiwanuka

Part of KENZO’s New Spring/Summer Fashion Campaign

Jan 11, 2018 Dirty Beaches Bookmark and Share

Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O has shared a new song, “YO! MY SAINT.” It features the guest vocals of Michael Kiwanuka and the song is part of the new Spring/Summer fashion campaign for clothing company KENZO and is featured in a short film for the company. Listen to the song and watch the short film below.

Ana Lily Amirpour (who directed the acclaimed Iranian vampire movie A Girl Walks Home Alone) directs the short film, which stars Dirty Beaches’ Alex Zhang Hungtai as a fashion photographer who falls in love with two models (Jessica Henwick and Kiko Mizuhara). The actors lip-sync to the song’s vocals.

KENZO creative directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim decided the collection was inspired by Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto and the late Japanese model Sayoko Yamaguchi (who made her mark in the 1970s).

Karen O had this to say about the song in a press release: “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. Also, 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.”

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