Tim Burton’s upcoming Frankenweenie is an animated remake of his live-action heartwarming tale of a boy and his dog. His living-dead dog that was revived through a crazy electrical apparatus. The black-and-white film, set to hit theatres this October, features some classic B-movie aesthetics and tropes, so it makes sense that the soundtrack would also have a retro feel. Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who also helmed the kid-friendly soundtrack to the kids-and-adults-with-lots-of-feelings-friendly adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are, penned the closing credits song, "Strange Love," with a bit of that retro, surf-film charm. The track, a sweet, shuffling but slightly eerie tropical ode to the kind of love that could only manifest between a boy and his undead dog, premiered on BBC’s Radio 6 today. There’s even some howling and barking thrown in for good measure.
"My music inspiration came out of the same era of B-movie fright film references sprinkled throughout the film," Karen O told Rolling Stone. "I went in the direction of exotica and calypso stylistically because it’s quirky, good vibes music of that era, and when you throw in a Theremin solo, it’s a marriage made in heaven."
The Frankenweenie soundtrack, Frankenweenie Unleashed!, out September 25th, also features new tracks from Robert Smith, Passion Pit, Grace Potter featuring the Flaming Lips, Grouplove and Skylar Grey. Listen to the new Karen O track, from the BBC Radio 6 premiere, over at Fake Walls.