What has become something of indie rock folk lore over the past few years just became fact. Details have been released about Karen O’s soundtrack for her ex-beau Spike Jonze’s long-awaited film adaptation of Maurice Sendak classic Where the Wild Things Are, and its guest list is even better than the rumor mill suggested.
The September 29 release, credited to “Karen O and the Kids,” features a who’s-who list of rockers, all of which O tapped to help “bolster her intent to marry sound to vision,” according to a statement. Bradford Cox (Deerhunter), Brian Chase and Nick Zinner (YYYs), Dean Fertita (QOTSA, the Dead Weather, the Raconteurs), Aaron Hemphill (Liars), Greg Kurstin (the Bird and the Bee), Jack Lawrence (the Dead Weather, the Raconteurs), Oscar Michel (Gris Gris), and Imaad Wasif (New Folk Implosion, Alaska) all share songwriting credits on the soundtrack. And to top it all off, O invited an untrained children’s choir to sing along.
“I didn’t want to make music that was hammering you over the head or go for some kind of pushbutton emotion,” O said in a statement. “What I initially wanted to do was close to Cat Stevens in Harold & Maude: really simple, but memorably and seamlessly woven into the movie.”
O adds: “Working with all these highly-empathetic musicians over of a couple of years on this soundtrack was a lesson in the power of collaboration.”
The album’s first single, “All is Love,” drops digitally August 25 in advance of the film’s release October 16.
Check out the cover art for the single below, then watch the film’s trailer — which features the Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up,” a song that does not figure into the film.
WATCH: Where the Wild Things Are Trailer