The third installment of the The Hunger Games series is ready to premiere and it is obvious that the soundtrack of Mockingjay Part 1 is expected to attract the interest of both fans of the movie and the alternative music scene.
Having written an engaging science-fiction trilogy, the likelihood of the author passing by unnoticed seems unlikely. With Hollywood and their big shot producers lurking around waiting to grab potential blockbuster material, it was only a matter of time. In this case, it made more sense (and more money) to split the last installment into two parts (just as happened with the last book in the Harry Potter series). The film’s recipe is well-known thanks to the previous two films, with Francis Lawrence directing and Peter Craig writing. The protagonists, again, are familiar – Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland and the singer Lenny Kravitz, who decided not to appear on the movie tracklist again, though there are high hopes that he’ll agree to contribute for the final part.
Read at Unsung Films: Transcendence: The Soundtrack.
James Newton Howard, the trilogy’s soundtrack’s only steady contributor, continues his streak of successful compositions to this date, and has recently revealed that the music that he has written for Mockingjay Part 1 is intended to contrast with the dark atmosphere of the film. To do this, he decided to enlist the Trinity School boys’ choir – a sound that accompanies most of his most recent compositions.
James Newton Howard – The Chant Of Rebellion
The big news regarding the soundtrack, however, comes from New Zealand – It has long been known that Lorde plays a prominent part in adding new dimensions to the film and to Howard’s score. The story has since evolved in a really orthodox way. The first single is “Yellow Flicker Beat” which unsurprisingly carries her distinct sounds -this is followed by two of her other promotional singles which bounce off each other, intertwining quirky melodies and raw beats; “This is Not A Game” unites Lorde with the unparalleled Chemical Brothers and RnB star Miguel, while “Dead Air” by the Scottish band CHVRCHES turns this soundtrack into an alternative music haven comprised of veterans and exciting newcomers. The remix for “Yellow Flicker Beat” graced by Lorde’s idol, Kanye West, could not be left without a prominent place in the final tracklist.
Lorde – Yellow Flicker Beat
Now, the tracklist in its entirety can be revealed, which will only confirm Lorde’s previous statements claiming that the soundtrack of Mockingjay Part 1 will be an eclectic mix of big names, old and modern, from every part of the world, belonging to different music genres who will compliment her own unique alternative style. Her name is shown 5 times in the overall tracklist –it is clear by now that she is the most prominent part of this soundtrack. Also impressive is the presence of such artists as the huge Grace Jones and Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran, the rapper Pusha T, Q-Tip and Raury of MGMT, the electro gods Major Lazer, Diplo and XOV, the British Charli XCX, the American Ariana Grande, Tinashé from Zimbabwe, the British-Pakistani Bat For Lashes and the Swedish Tove Lo. It also came as a surprise that the names of Belgian superstar Stromae (remember him from his worldwide hit “Alors on danse”) and American rock band HAIM appeared under another collaboration titled “Meltdown” – another highlight of the soundtrack.
Listening to songs and looking at the back-cover of the soundtrack, I realized that Lorde has earned her place in a list of huge names in both the mainstream and alternative music scene; artists already understood by fans determined to download the soundtrack obsessively online.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Soundtrack
01 Stromae Feat. Lorde, Pusha T, Q-Tip, And HAIM – Meltdown
02 CHVRCHES – Dead Air
03 Tove Lo – Scream My Name
04 Charli XCX Feat. Simon Le Bon – Kingdom
05 Major Lazer Feat. Ariana Grande – All My Love
06 Raury – Lost Souls
07 Lorde – Yellow Flicker Beat
08 Tinashé – The Leap
09 Bat For Lashes – Plan The Escape
10 Grace Jones – Original Beast
11 Lorde – Flicker (Kanye West Rework)
12 XOV – Animal
13 The Chemical Brothers Feat. Miguel And Lorde – This Is Not A Game
14 Lorde – Ladder Song