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Yeah Yeah Yeahs ‘Runaway’ in Calvin Klein’s Downtown Fragrance Ad

'It's Blitz!'
Interscope Records

Starring the elegant and classy Rooney Mara, the commercial for Calvin Klein’s new Downtown fragrance is alluringly dark and mysterious — and it features an equally haunting tune. What’s the song in the minute-long clip?

‘Runaway’ by NYC indie faves Yeah Yeah Yeahs is what you hear in the ad, and it’s a perfect example of frontwoman Karen O’s mesmerizing vocals. The track appears on the group’s 2009 album ‘It’s Blitz!’

“Less lairy than ‘Fever To Tell’ and less troubled and experimental than ‘Show Your Bones,’ it’s a polished record, characterized most by the spangly bleep and thrum of ‘Soft Shock,’ which, rising up from the bloody dancefloor of ‘Heads Will Roll’ into some sort of disco rapture, exudes the ‘cool stability’ that drummer Brian Chase claims characterizes the album,” wrote Pitchfork in a 2009 review.

Spin called the record “the alternative pop album of the decade — one that imbues the Killers‘ ‘Hot Fuss’ and MGMT‘s ‘Oracular Spectacular’ with a remarkable emotional depth and finesse.”

‘It’s Blitz!’ was produced by Nick Launay and TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek and received a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Music Album in December 2009.

Hear Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ ‘Runaway’ in the Calvin Klein Downtown Fragrance Commercial

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