Holy Mother…. two of my favourite things mashed up into a sleek, dark cover for a rocking opener of a cracking new film? I know i’m late to the boat here but I have a lot of time for Karen O, spesh when she’s covering the Zep!
This is the almighty collaboration of Karen O, lead singer of possibly one of the greatest bands ever, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, with the powerhouse that is Trent Reznor. Reznor also composed the score with Atticus Finch for Fincher’s last film, The Social Network, which not only set off the dark undercurrent of the film perfectly but won them critical acclaim and an Oscar.
The pair both completed the score for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and recorded this cover of Led Zeppelin’s mystic tale of Nordic adventures, echoing Salander’s motorbike fuelled missions with Blomkvist.
Karen O surprisingly admitted to never hearing the epic song before having to record it in the studio with Reznor,
‘I didn’t even hear the name right when I was asked. I thought they said The Pilgrim Song and I was like, ‘What’s that?’ Yeah I know, it’s pretty embarrassing.’
Along with O’s powerful vocal wailings and classic drawl, they distorted the riffs and made sure to amplify the heavy drum beats to set the tone for the uncompromisingly bleak film. O also claimed to identify with Salander’s character saying that,
‘It’s super dark and I was thrilled to be part of this new version. I too love David Fincher’s work and it was an honour to be asked.’
The score for the film as a whole is brilliantly matched and considering Reznor and Finch are self-entitled newbies to this world, they seem to be doing a damn good job.
I implore you to not only see the film but listen to a bit of Karen O and also the previous score from Reznor and Finch to ‘The Social Network’. My personal favourite is the simmering violin track ‘Hand Covers Bruise’ hinting at the imminent danger behind an invention of such proportion.