Lorde has shared “Yellow Flicker Beat,” her alluring lead single from the singer’s curated soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1. The dark jam fits comfortably within the 17-year-old’s sonic wheelhouse, with Lorde’s brooding croon stretched out over minimal synths and rattling drums. “I’m a princess cut from marble / smoother than a storm,” she sings, in what sounds like a reference to Hunger Games protagonist Katniss Everdeen. “And the scars that mark my body / they’re silver and gold.”
“It’s my first offering from what i hope will be a soundtrack you love,” the singer wrote on her Tumblr. “It’s my attempt at getting inside her head, katniss’. i hope you like it.” Lorde noted that after each show, she retreats to her “little bed office” and works “from midnight until late on the soundtrack, singing into my computer, listening to demos and final mixes. We are almost at the end, the point where this soundtrack gets taken away from me and becomes something real,” she added. “I’m reminded of this day last year, when Pure Heroine came out in this country. The feeling of something very solitary that I had worked on spinning around and around further away from me, becoming someone else’s, everyone’s.” Lorde announced her involvement with the soundtrack back in July. Last week, she teased her own original track on Instagram, posting intimate images of the lyrics.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 will hit theaters on November 21st. The soundtrack is also planned for a fall release on Republic Records, though a firm date hasn’t been scheduled. “Curating the soundtrack for such a hotly anticipated film was a challenge, but I jumped at the chance,” Lorde said in a July statement. “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.”
The New Zealander, who graced the cover of Rolling Stone back in January, is a logical choice to curate the soundtrack. She previously recorded an epic cover of Tears for Fears’ pop anthem “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” for the soundtrack to 2013’s Catching Fire, the second film in the Hunger Games franchise.