June 15, 2009

Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson Make Beautiful Music (Not That Kind)

You know who's really pretty? Scarlett Johansson. End of discussion.

She's kind of a divisive character, looks-wise. Some people (usually female) think that she looks "weird" and isn't "attractive". These peeple are completely wrong.

In the latest chapter of Life Isn't Fair, Scarlett has proven that in addition to being a stunner, she's also musically talented. As you've probably heard, she's teaming up with singer/songwriter (and fellow beautiful person) Pete Yorn to release an album inspired by Serge Gainsbourg's duets with Brigitte Bardot. The album was actually recorded in '06, but for some reason hasn't been slated for release until this coming September.

I hadn't had a chance to check out anything from the album - and really didn't know much about the story behind it - until recently. Then I read a quote from Scarlett saying that the album is essentially "two people vocalizing their relationship through duets...I always thought of it as just a small project between friends. It perfectly captured where I was in my life at the time." Sounds pretty awesome.

When I finally heard the track below, "Relator", I was pleasantly surprised. Johansson sings with a gentle twang over an early-Wilco-ish backing. Yorn's vocals mix with ScarJo's really well, and it seems like a good fit. I'm sold on "Relator".

"Shampoo" is the only other cut from the album that I've heard. This one starts up with Yorn on lead and takes a little while to go anywhere. It's not quite as good as "Relator", but is stille pretty enjoyable. Yorn is a great songwriter, and he uses Johansson's voice nicely in his arrangements. Glad to see him getting some publicity - I'm looking forward to checking out his latest LP Back and Fourth in a couple weeks, and the Johansson collaboration Break Up in September.

Scarlett Johansson and Pete Yorn - Relator (YSI) (filesavr)

Scarlett Johansson and Pete Yorn - Shampoo (YSI) (filesavr)

Pete Yorn - Life on a Chain (YSI) (filesavr)

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Anonymous said...

i like this song a lot, but isn't it fair to say that ANYONE can be musically talented with computers? go on youtube and check out her live performance of "falling down." just sayin'.

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