Communion

Album: Maximum Balloon (2010)

Songfacts®:

  • This stomping club number is a track from the self-titled debut solo album from producer and TV on the Radio guitarist Dave Sitek, recorded under the guise of Maximum Balloon. The song features Yeah Yeah Yeahs front woman Karen O. Sitek told The Guardian: "Yeah Yeah Yeahs were the first band I produced that people outside my neighbourhood knew about. That's when I really had to get my chops together because I knew they were amazing and I didn't want to f--k it up. I love working with Karen – she's one of the main reasons why I continue to try to push myself and stay creative. Also she's like family and I can confide in her. Anyone who thinks Karen is just some crazy woman is wildly underestimating her talents. She is extremely complex. She's nurturing and encouraging. When you hear a song such as Maps, her sincerity is audible – it sounds like she's singing to you personally, which is astonishing."
  • Sitek told NME about recording this song with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs vocalist. "Karen is like my sister, so it felt like a family project when we recorded the song 'Communion' together, really easy," he said. "It is more laid-back than her stuff with Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Her voice is very gentle and intoxicating on the track at times, but then it's also got some of the yelping we all know and love."
  • This was a late addition to the album. Sitek recalled to Rolling Stone that he invited Karen O to dinner just as the album was wrapping. "I was like, 'You know, everyone else is on this record. If you're not, that's kind of lame,'" he said.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

00s Music Quiz 1

00s Music Quiz 1Music Quiz

Do you know the girl singer on Eminem's "Stan"? If so, this quiz is for you.

Name the Character in the Song

Name the Character in the SongMusic Quiz

With a few clues (Works at a diner, dreams of running away), can you name the character in the song?

Verdine White of Earth, Wind & Fire

Verdine White of Earth, Wind & FireSongwriter Interviews

The longtime bassist of Earth, Wind & Fire discusses how his band came to do a holiday album, and offers insight into some of the greatest dance/soul tunes of all-time.

Wherefore Art Thou Romeo Lyric

Wherefore Art Thou Romeo LyricMusic Quiz

In this quiz, spot the artist who put Romeo into a song lyric.

Justin Timberlake

Justin TimberlakeFact or Fiction

Was Justin the first to be Punk'd by Ashton Kutcher? Did Britney really blame him for her meltdown? Did his bandmates think he was gay?

Keith Reid of Procol Harum

Keith Reid of Procol HarumSongwriter Interviews

As Procol Harum's lyricist, Keith wrote the words to "A Whiter Shade Of Pale." We delve into that song and find out how you can form a band when you don't sing or play an instrument.