The Hunger Games, the new movie based on the ridiculously addictive and brutal young adult fiction book of the same title, is coming out this month. Its soundtrack album, produced by T Bone Burnett, has a pretty all-star list of contributors, and it’s already yielded the hit Taylor Swift/Civil Wars collab “Safe & Sound.” The same album features two new Arcade Fire tracks written entirely for the movie, and the first of those, “Abraham’s Daughter,” is streaming below. It sounds really, really good on first listen.
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Talking to Entertainment Weekly about the thought process behind the song, Win Butler says:
“I tried to put myself in the headspace of how excited I’d be if this film was coming out when I was 15. I still remember hearing Radiohead’s “Exit Music (for a Film)” in Romeo + Juliet when I was that age… Our whole approach was to get into the world and try to create something that serves the story and the film. There’s something in the story of Abraham and Isaac that I think resonates with the themes in the film, like sacrificing children. So we made a weird, alternate-universe version of that, where it’s as if Abraham had a daughter — kind of a metaphor for [the movie’s hero] Katniss.”
The other Arcade Fire song on the soundtrack is called “Horn Of Plenty,” and the band wrote it as a sort of national anthem for the evil, dystopic Capitol regime that torments Katniss throughout the books. Here’s Butler again:
“We were interested in making music that would be more integral in the movie, just as a mental exercise. And there’s an anthem that runs throughout the books, the national anthem of the fascist Capitol. So as a thought experiment, we tried to write what that might sound like. It’s like the Capitol’s idea of itself, basically. It’s not a pop song or anything– more of an anthem that could be playing at a big sporting event like the Games. So we did a structure for that, and then James Newton Howard made a movie-score version of it that happens in several places in the film.”
The Hunger Games soundtrack is out 3/20 on Republic. Can you guys tell how fucking excited I am to see this movie?