Monday, 31 August 2009
Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson - Relator
As unlikely as it seems this collaboration came to fruition a couple of years ago, before Johansson took a walk on the wild side and released her first solo effort, ‘Anywhere I Lay My Head’, a Tom Waits cover album.
The actress laid down the vocals for the duo’s forthcoming album, ‘Break Up’, in just two afternoon sessions after Yorn contacted her after an inspirational dream. The alliance is said to be influenced by Serge Gainsbourg’s 1967 and 1968 albums with Brigitte Bardot.
There is a sweet retro feel about ‘Relator’ which is an acoustic chug drenched in melody with bluesy bursts escaping from a fuzzed out guitar. It’s melodic and the combined vocals work well with Johansson sounding more like a 60s swinger with a bohemian heart beat than a highflying actress with mountains of money while Yorn stamps his trademark crazy lazy vocal over the track leaving a pop rock crooner suitable for all ages.
Album ‘Break Up’ is released September 8 through Atco/Rhino.