“Relator,” the first video from Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson’s collaborative album Break Up (due September 8th), premiered on Yahoo! Music last night. In May, Yorn told Rolling Stone he had a dream that instructed him, ” ‘I have to make a record inspired by Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot.’ So who is Brigitte Bardot? And I was like, Scarlett Johansson could be the Brigitte Bardot type. So I reached out to her and she was into it and we did it.”
The duo recorded the album in 2006, before Johansson began working on her first album Anywhere I Lay My Head, an LP of Tom Waits covers. “The idea [was] of two people vocalizing their relationship through duets,” Johansson told Parade. “I always thought of it as just a small project between friends. It perfectly captured where I was in my life at the time.” As Rock Daily reported in January, Johansson covered Jeff Buckley’s “Last Goodbye” for the He’s Just Not That Into You soundtrack.
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