It may seem strange to see Arcade Fire pop up on The Hunger Games soundtrack, but really, it makes perfect sense. Just as Twilight enlisted indie artists like Bon Iver, St. Vincent, and Lykke Li to sing about the tribulations of Bella and Edward, the producers of The Hunger Games have looked to Arcade Fire, Neko Case and The Decemberists to add another musical perspective alongside the more marketable artists popping up on the film’s soundtrack. Today, Arcade Fire released the song they’ve written for the movie, called “Abraham’s Daughter,” and it’s a slow, folk-ish dirge focusing more on feel than bombast, with simple lyrics emphasizing the quasi-religious nature of The Hunger Games‘ story. You can listen to it via BuzzFeed, by way of Entertainment Weekly.
Speaking to EW, Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler discussed the band’s thought process for writing the song. “Our whole approach was to get into the world and try to create something that serves the story and the film,” he said. “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.”
If that doesn’t make sense to you, there’s still 3 weeks left to get acquainted with Katniss Everdeen and her friends before The Hunger Games hits theaters. Ideally, the movie will be watched alongside dozens of screaming teenagers, so you might want to buy your tickets ahead of time. Arcade Fire also contribute a song to the film’s score called “Horn of Plenty,” which plays up the fascistic elements of the Capitol’s national anthem that runs throughout the books. Again, if these details don’t make any sense, just do yourself a favor and spend the $8 on the first book. You really won’t regret it!