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Karen O unveils new song “I Shall Rise”– listen

on October 30, 2015, 10:30am

Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O has contributed songs to a variety of projects, from films to Google doodles. Her latest extracurricular has taken her full-on digital, as she’s written a song for the forthcoming Rise of the Tomb Raider video game.

Entitled “I Shall Rise”, the track feels like a slow burning Bond theme, entering on haunted, sparse instrumentation that gets pumped up with the entrance of a booming drum on the chorus. By the end, clattering percussion and ringing guitars create a sound that’s at once triumphant and threatening, just like Lara Croft should be.

“You know how Gloria Gaynor has her ‘I Will Survive’? I always wanted to do my version of that and this was it,” O told Rolling Stone about the song. “It all sounded really tasty, They wanted drama and high-stakes and melodrama. That was very appealing to me because I love making music connected to a storyline. It was all stuff I loved like having the theme song to [Lara Croft] becoming an icon and the creation myth to the moment she becomes Lara.”

Take a listen below via Spotify YouTube.

In related news, Karen O recently covered Animotion’s “Obsession” for the Starz drama Flesh and Bone.

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