Well here’s something I hadn’t heard before: Scarlett Johansson, in addition to being a very attractive actress, is a singer. Or she’s trying to be. She’s already released one unsuccessful album, but that’s not what this is about. Apparently she also recorded an album with none other than Pete Yorn back in 2006 and it’s going to get released this September – probably more for the names on the cover than the quality of the music.
You can read about the album and download the first MP3 single, “Relator,” from this website. It’s a pretty upbeat song (even if the lyrics aren’t chipper) for an album titled “Break Up.” Scarlett doesn’t embarrass herself in the song, but she’s got a gramophone-esque style going on. Needless to say, this collaboration feels a bit strange, and it serves to reinforce the prolific Yorn as a record label’s best friend (I’ll have over 100 songs from the man after “Back and Fourth” comes out in a few weeks).
Somewhat interestingly, I just noticed that one of the songs on the duet album is “Shampoo,” which I just happened to be listening to and noting the female vocals. The song was on Yorn’s MySpace page two years ago and is actually pretty good. With a little bit of digging, I discovered an old entry on “I Am Fuel, You Are Friends” that discussed the mystery of who was singing with Pete in the song; that mystery has now been resolved, as it seems the artist had given us a bit of Ms. Johansson’s voice far sooner than we could know what to do with it.