New Zealand-born singer-songwriter sensation Lorde has unveiled her new single ‘Yellow Flicker Beat,’ from the soundtrack of the new ‘Hunger Games’ movie.
The song is released on November 17, ahead of the release of the film, ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,’ on November 20 in the UK and 21 elsewhere. Lorde has curated the entire soundtrack, working with producer Paul Epworth (Adele, Florence and the Machine et al). Listen to the track here:
In a post on her Tumblr account, Lorde says of the single: “It’s my first offering from what I hope will be a soundtrack you love.” Referring to the main protagonist of the ‘Hunger Games’ trilogy, Katniss Everdeen, she goes on: “It’s my attempt at getting inside her head, Katniss’. I hope you like it.”
Lorde is currently on tour in America, with four shows at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles starting tonight (October 2) then on the 3rd, 6th and 7th. Reflecting on her working life during the tour and her multi-platinum success with the album ‘Pure Heroine,’ she writes: “I’m sitting up in bed, moving through desert halfway between Utah and Las Vegas. Yesterday was our ninth show in 11 days.
“Every night, after I play, and say hi, and take pictures, and I walk up the stairs and we go on our way, I set up in this little bed office. I work from midnight until late on the soundtrack, singing into my computer, listening to demos and final mixes. My bus sleeps.
“We are almost at the end, the point where this soundtrack gets taken away from me and becomes something real. 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.
The past year of my life has seen everything around me multiply in size and number – the stamps on my passport, the number of people I have to ask before I ride on the Ferris wheel after my set at a festival, the decibels that follow me when I walk around in public. The other thing that’s grown is me — my fitness, my mental stamina, my ability to think clearly and make decisions — but most of all, my capacity for love.
“The thousands upon thousands (wait, millions(?!!)) of you who bought ‘Pure heroine truly feel like friends to me — it’s no coincidence I’m posting this note here, where I feel the happiest and safe online, the place where I laugh the most and where every day, I feel like people get me. I never knew I could feel such a warm heart for this many people at once. Thank you for hearing about me all those months ago, and sticking around, Thank you for being here.”