Lux Prima, the brainchild album birthed out of a collaboration between Karen O and Danger Mouse, will be debuted through an art installation at the Marciano Art Foundation for four nights this April. The event, “An Encounter with Lux Prima,” is described by the foundation to be an “immersive, communal listening experience” of the band’s forthcoming debut album and will use “groundbreaking audiovisual technologies” to give attendees an unprecedented sensory experience.
The duo have already shared two songs from the album—the brazen and fiery “Woman,” which sees Karen really cut-loose in Yeah Yeah Yeahs fashion with her hoarse howls; and title-track “Lux Prima,” a swirling, mesmerizing descent of the kind of slow-burning, universe-melting atmospherics Danger Mouse is known for. “Lux Prima” itself meanders in a trippy stroll through dreamy instrumentation and Karen’s lucidly droning vocals—it’s 2001: A Space Odyssey‘s stargate scene for your ears—and for nine minutes you lose yourself in the tender turbulence of it. Together, the two artists are a sonic match made in heaven and an art installation dedicated to immersing listeners into what will no doubt be an already sensory-overload of an album is not something easily passed-up on.
“An Encounter with Lux Prima” runs Thursday, April 18 at 10 am, 1 pm and 4 pm; Friday, April 19 at 10 am, 1 pm and 4 pm; Saturday, April 20 at 10 am, 1 pm, 4 pm, and 7 pm; and Sunday, April 21 at 10 am, 1 pm and 4 pm. Tickets are free and open to the public; reservations are required and are available Friday, March 1 at 1 pm PT via the MAF website.