Back in September we got our first listen of Safe & Sound by Taylor Swift featuring Civil Wars, the first single from the soundtrack for the upcoming film The Hunger Games. Last month, we got to check out the music video for Safe & Sound. Today we get our first listen of the second song released from The Hunger Games: Sounds from District 12 and Beyond … this time by Arcade Fire. Click below to listen to Abraham’s Daughter in full.
The T Bone Burnett-produced Hunger Games soundtrack — featuring artists ranging from Taylor Swift and the Decemberists to Maroon 5 and Miranda Lambert — doesn’t hit streets until March 20. But we have the first full listen to the soundtrack’s lead song, the Arcade Fire’s “Abraham’s Daughter” … Arcade frontman Win Butler spoke to EW about his inspiration for the song, which will play over the movie’s closing credits: “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 [Baz Luhrmann’s] 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,” he continued. ”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 Katniss.” In addition to “Abraham’s Daughter,” the group also contributed a song to the movie’s score, “Horn of Plenty.” “We were interested in making music that would be more integral in the movie, just as a mental exercise,” Butler explained. “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,” he added. “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.”
OK … now this song, I love. Safe & Sound is a pretty song but it’s not really the kind of music that I normally listen to. This new track from Arcade Fire is more my speed. I’m really looking forward to hearing the song in the context of the film and I’m really looking forward to hearing Horn of Plenty. Shoot, I’m just really excited to hear all of the music featured on the Hunger Games soundtrack. What do y’all think of Abraham’s Daughter? Do you like this song?