VIDEO New Scarlett Johansson And Pete Yorn “Relator” With Lyrics

Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson in the Relator video from their album Breakup

From breakupalbum.com:

Here is the Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson video for “Relator,” which made its worldwide debut last night. “Relator” is the first single from their upcoming album Break Up. Slated for a September 15 release on Atco Records, an imprint of Rhino Entertainment, Break Up is a deeply emotive yet hook-filled duets album about a tempestuous relationship.

Break Up includes eight original compositions by Yorn, ranging in tone from the lilting “Relator” to the disarming, retro/futuristic “I Don’t Know What To Do” to the climactic “Someday.” Completing the collection is a powerful interpretation of the art-rock classic “I Am The Cosmos” by the late Chris Bell, co-founder of quintessential cult band Big Star. Produced by Sunny Levine, with Yorn and Max Goldblatt as executive producers, the album features contributions from guitarist Robert Francis; bassist Giuseppe Patane; and violinist Amir Yaghmai, with Goldblatt on banjo, synth bass and backing vocals, and Levine handling programming and mixing.



I have to admit a kinda like it! After hearing Scarlett’s debut effort Anywhere I Lay My Head, on which she used her generic singing abilities to sterilize a small chunk of the anything-but-sterile Tom Waits catalog, I assumed there were to be no pleasant surprises from Scarlett musically (aside from a sexy video where she serenades Jabba the Hutt in a Princess Leia costume with lyrics written to accompany the Mos Eisley Cantina Theme) (NERD ALERT). But, they’ve run her vocals through some sort of Feist box or something and then matched it with a similar sounding guitar distortion and the end result is downright not unlistenable! Dare I say, “catchy?” I love the little percussive riff and I like looking at pretty people in sepia tone. Whoever produced this album had a much better sense of what to do with a mighty sexy bland vocalist than the person responsible for Anywhere I Lay My Head, and I’m actually curious to hear the rest of the album, and not in a train wreck kind of way.

Here’s a sneak peek from a while back that has some short snippets of the “Relator” video shoot in full color:

Pete Yorn Scarlett Johansson – Break Up “Sneak Peek”

LYRICS FOR RELATOR:

When I met you,
I didn’t know what to do. I was tired,
I was hungry,
I fight. Now I’m away,
I write home everyday and I see you on the TV at night.

(Chorus)

You can see that life’s for us to talk about.
You can leave whenever you want out.
Whoa.
You don’t relate to me,
no girl,
you don’t respect me,
no girl,
no girl. Oh yeah.

When I met you,
I didn’t know what to do,
but I noticed that I didn’t really feel.
Now you’re away,
you write home everyday. I don’t beg,
I don’t borrow,
I steal.

(Chorus)

You don’t think that life’s for us to talk about.
You can leave whenever you want out,
you want out. Well,
you don’t relate to me,
no girl. You don’t respect me,
no girl. (you can leave when ever you want out)
And you don’t relate to me,
no girl. And you don’t respect me,
no girl. (You can leave whenever you want out)
No you don’t relate to me,
no girl. And you don’t respect me,
no girl. No girl. Yeah.
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