Scarlett Johansson to Drop Gainsbourg-Inspired LP with Pete Yorn
Published May 25, 2009When Hollywood starlet Scarlett Johansson started dropping hints of another album back in '08, we kind of wrote the whole thing off, thinking our former cover star was probably just flapping her gums and that nothing would really come of it. Well, apparently we shouldn't have. According to USA Today, later this year Johansson and singer/songwriter pretty boy Pete Yorn will release a new collaborative effort, and reportedly one inspired by Serge Gainsbourg's work with Brigitte Bardot.
Set for a September 8 release on Atco/Rhino, the record is being called Break Up and was produced by Sunny Levine. Yorn wrote eight of the album's nine tracks, with the other being a cover of "I Am the Cosmos" by Big Star's Chris Bell (yeah, we're not sure how that fits into the whole Gainsbourg/Bardot thing either). Something else you should probably know is that Break Up was recorded back in 2006, which actually makes it two years older than Johansson's debut album of Tom Waits cover, 2008's Anywhere I Lay My Head.
If you want to take USA Today's word on it, the record is described as being a collection of duets, forming "a song cycle that chronicles a tempestuous affair." It's also "a concept that came to Yorn in a dream."
Right now, you can check out the album's first single, "Relator," which is currently streaming on Break Up's website over here.