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Lorde’s Mockingjay track is fiery, bright and expectedly strange — listen

New Zealand goth pop princess, Lorde, released her single for the Mockingjay soundtrack today. It’s just as dark and powerful as you’d expect.

Lorde handpicks tracks for the Mockingjay soundtrack

Lorde is so young and so quirky, we couldn’t help but worry about what she would “do to” our beloved franchise and, unarguably, one of the best series of soundtracks ever released. That very first soundtrack was so splendidly dark and gorgeous, with just a hint of Katniss Everdeen’s Appalachian background. The Catching Fire soundtrack stepped it up another notch with more tension and flash. With so little known about Lorde, we were rightly apprehensive. However, this first taste of the soundtrack, Lorde’s song, “Yellow Flicker Beat,” suggests we were wrong to be worried. With the Panem rebellion in full swing, they really couldn’t find a better soundtrack curator than the girl who turned pop on its ear.
There’s not a doubt in our minds that Lorde is channeling our heroine, Katniss, in the first verse. The way she speaks of beauty in both her strength and scars is absolutely poetic. The weaving of precious stones and metal into the mix is the perfect metaphor for the one-and-only accidental leader of the rebellion.

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“I’m a princess cut from marble, smoother than a storm
And the scars that mark my body, they’re silver and gold
My blood is a flood of rubies, precious stones
It keeps my veins hot, the fires find a home in me
I move through town, I’m quiet like a fire
And my necklace is of opal, I tie it and untie it.”

When the chorus starts off with “this is the start of how it all ever ends,” we’re reminded that, yes, this soundtrack marks the beginning of the end. The two-part Mockingjay movies will tie everything together and conclude the book/film series. It won’t all be pretty, but for Panem, it will be for the best.

What can we say? We were wrong to ever doubt Lorde. We can’t wait for a full track listing and to hear the rest of the album. We’re sure it’s dark, fiery and absolutely brilliant.

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