Canada’s best export—the Arcade Fire—premiered their musical contribution to the upcoming dystopian sci-fi film The Hunger Games this morning. Based on a hot-selling young adult book series, the movie is about 24 kids who are sent into an arena of sorts and forced to fight until one person remains. (Yeah, it’s awesome.)
Régine Chassagne sings the haunting tune, which comes across like an eerie nursery rhyme sung over martial drumming. Arcade Fire definitely isn’t pandering to a crossover audience with this elegiac tune.
“Abraham’s Daughter” will play over the end credits, but it sounds like Win Butler put a lot of thought into writing the song for the film's audience. “I tried to put myself in the headspace of how excited I’d be if this film was coming out when I was 15,” he told Entertainment Weekly.
He also explains the Biblical bend of the track's title. “There’s something in the story of Abraham and Isaac that I think resonates with the themes in the film, like sacrificing children," Butler said. "So we made a weird, alternate-universe version of that, where it’s as if Abraham had a daughter."