SoKo is one of our favorite artists around here. Her sad-lonely-girl songs make dreary days dealable, and feels like there’s a friend there to hold your hand. And while I pretty much love all of her music, one song in particular has filtered through my speakers more times than I can count. Only one problem — I randomly discovered it months ago under an untitled YouTube video. After hours spent scouring the web with no luck, I finally came across the song again, tonight, and this time with a title: “Little Mermaid Man.” It’s a favorite from the French singer-songwriter, and hopefully you’ll enjoy it, too! So, give it a whirl and check out the lighter, live version full of giggles and crowd-bellowed “ooo’s” below. xo.
The latest short film from Spike Jonze — following last year’s Nick Zinner-assisted robot love story, I’m Here, and this year’s Arcade Fire collaboration, Scenes From the Suburbs — arrived today in the form of Mourir Auprès de Toi (To Die By Your Side), a stop-motion tale of characters from canonized books coming to life in Paris’ famed Shakespeare & Company bookshop. The quirky tragicomedy stars Jonze himself, voicing the skeleton of Macbeth, and French singer/actress SoKo as Mina Harker from Bram Stoker’s Dracula, brought to life through 3,000 hand-cut pieces of felt crafted by handbag designer Olympia Le-Tan. Co-directed by Simon Cahn, the skeleton love story closes with a catchy tune sung by SoKo (sounding eerily similar to Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are collaborator Karen O), whose long-awaited debut LP just got pushed back to February. Check out the animated felt flick above.