Resident teen goth, Taylor Swift BFF and pop star extraordinaire Lorde was given the opportunity to curate the Mockingjay: Part 1 soundtrack earlier this year, kicking off the star-studded mix with a single all her own, "Yellow Flicker Beat." The hyper self-aware tune is classic Lorde, opening with the lines, "I'm a princess cut from marble, smoother than a storm / And the scars that mark my body, they're silver and gold." We think the lyrics perfectly describe the Hunger Games' fearless female protagonist Katniss Everdeen, too.
Today the "Royals" singer shared the official video for the track, an isolating and empowering clip that leaves Lorde appearing stronger—and more vulnerable—than ever before.
The clip begins with the New Zealand sensation dressed in her best business casual while standing in what appears to be a cheap motel. Her slightly wrinkled white button-down is tucked neatly into black slacks. Later she looks longingly out of a window before being transplanted to the middle of a vacant country road. In other scenes, she stands alone in an airplane hanger and later on the edge of an Olympic-sized pool. Sometime after the second chorus she enters a Gatsby-like party, eventually falling, only to appear alone again in the next shot.
Watch the video above and check out some of our hot shots of Lorde performing with Nirvana at this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony!