As anticipation builds for The Hunger Games movie, Mockingjay: Part 1, excitement over its accompanying soundtrack is bubbling too. Today, we get the first single recorded by the soundtrack's curator, Lorde.
"Yellow Flicker Beat" opens with Lorde humming in a strange, somewhat unsettling tone that backs her famous rasp. She sings, "I'm a princess cut from marble, smoother than a storm / And the scars that mark my body, they're silver and gold." Any Hunger Games fan will connect with the lyrics, as they beautifully describe film heroine Katniss Everdeen, who's primped to be the perfect leader (whether she likes it or not) in the upcoming Mockingjay film.
But soon the creepy humming transforms into a mash of sliding synths, hard-hitting beats and Lorde's signature high notes. While the New Zealand singer originally hit the scene with her minimalist hit "Royals," this new single shows the 17-year-old getting bolder with her production and vocal decisions, and the results are fantastic.
Lorde spoke about her role as a soundtrack curator in July. "Curating the soundtrack for such a hotly-anticipated film was a challenge, but I jumped at the chance,” she said. "The cast and story are an inspiration for all musicians participating and, as someone with cinematic leanings, being privy to a different creative process has been a unique experience. I think the soundtrack is definitely going to surprise people."
Mockingjay: Part 1's soundtrack drops November 18 with the film hitting theaters on the 21st.