Spike Jonze may have reached all new levels of notoriety with the success of his film adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, but the director du jour isn’t going to let the wild rumpus end anytime soon. Premiering at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival tonight is Jonze’s next short film, I’m Here, a 30-minute “robot love story” featuring “a male robot liv[ing] a solitary and methodical life — devoid of creativity, joy and passion – until he meets an adventurous and free spirited female robot.”
Sounds nice and twee, right? Par for the course. But it gets better: I was watching the trailer and noticed that the music sounds awfully similar to Wild Things composer/Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O. It isn’t her, as it turns out, but I was only one degree away…
The song, “There Are Many of Us,” which is written/sung by Aska Matsumiya, a member of LA-based bands Moonrats and The Sads, features the YYYs’ Nick Zinner and the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea, according to the official I’m Here site. It’s unclear what exactly Zinner and Flea contribute to the tune, but whatever it is, their pulling it off brilliantly as usual. Zinner also produced music in the film for a fictional band called The Lost Trees.
Maysumiya will release her first solo EP under the moniker ASKA later this spring, but “There Are Many of Us” can be purchased as a downloadable single on Monday via Manimal Records. Until then, stream the song in full here and watch the new trailer below: