Arcade Fire’s ‘Hunger Games’ Soundtrack Single ‘Abraham’s Daughter’ Streaming Online
Arcade Fire have done it again. The Montreal-bred band's latest, 'Abraham's Daughter,' hit the Internet today (March 2) in anticipation of its placement on 'The Hunger Games' soundtrack. It may be the band's most haunting song to date.The song features lead vocals by Regine Chassagne, taking on an eerie, childlike lilt, perfectly accompanied by powerful drums. The lyrics are a new take on the Biblical story of Abraham and his son, Isaac, whom he almost sacrificed.
Frontman Win Butler chatted with Entertainment Weekly about the theme of the track and the ideas behind it. “Our whole approach was to get into the world and try to create something that serves the story and the film,” Butler 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.” Butler speaks, of course, of the 'Hunger Games' protagonist and hero, Katniss Everdeen, who volunteers her own life in order to save her sister.
'Abraham's Daughter' will play over the film's closing credits, and Butler and Co. couldn't be more honored. “I tried to put myself in the headspace of how excited I’d be if this film was coming out when I was 15," Butler said of 'The Hunger Games.' "I still remember hearing Radiohead’s ‘Exit Music (for a Film)’ in [Baz Luhrmann’s] 'Romeo + Juliet' when I was that age.”
'Abraham's Daughter' isn't the only tune the Grammy winners contributed to the blockbuster. They also composed 'Horn of Plenty' for the score, also directly inspired by the young adult novels. “We were interested in making music that would be more integral in the movie, just as a mental exercise,” Butler told EW. “And there’s an anthem that runs throughout the books, the national anthem of the fascist Capitol. So as a thought experiment, we tried to write what that might sound like. It’s like the Capitol’s idea of itself, basically.”
Butler clarified that 'Horn of Plenty' isn't a pop song, though. So what can we expect from it? “More of an anthem that could be playing at a big sporting event like the Games," Butler explained. "So we did a structure for that, and then James Newton Howard made a movie-score version of it that happens in several places in the film.”
Entertainment Weekly posted briefly hosted the song on its site, but due to what we expect was server overload, it's since been removed. Luckily, we snagged the song for you. Take a listen below!
Listen to Arcade Fire, 'Abraham's Daughter'