In the upcoming summer blockbuster Snow White and the Hunstman, Twilight actress Kristen Stewart will go from a lip-biting, stammering vampire fetishist to an ass-kicking fantasy warrior. So getting Florence + the Machine to deliver the flick's lead single is a perfect fit: Strong female presence, pale white skin and a soul-siren voice that could have come from any era.
Musically, "Breath of Life" actually sounds like it was written for a swords n' shields fantasy film. The pounding war drums and ominous strings that carry the tune are far closer to Lord of the Rings than Disney's "Heigh-Ho."
And when those grave, epic choral voices kick in at the halfway point, it's pretty damn clear that "Breath of Life" isn't just a throwaway album track but something they actually tailored for the film. Which is really cool! With Arcade Fire's thoughtful contribution to The Hunger Games soundtrack still lingering in my mind, I'm hoping more indie bands will start writing tunes for Hollywood blockbusters. At the very least, it's better than having to run out of the theater when stuff like this begins playing over the end credits.
And hey! If you dig Florence, then watch the band's Radio City Music Hall concert on Fuse, May 8, 9p/8c. It will more than likely be insanely awesome.
Florence + The Machine - "Breath Of Life"