The year's not over, but we have a sneaking suspicion that the Lorde-curated The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack will be the greatest soundtrack of 2014 (or the most downloaded, at the very least). With songs by Tove Lo, CHVRCHES, Haim, Grace Jones, and collaborations with Charli XCX and Simon Le Bon, Chemical Brothers and Miguel, and Major Lazer and Ariana Grande plus a Kanye West rework of Lorde's "Yellow Flicker Beat," there's no way it can't be.
Of all these amazing tracks, the standout from the songs released so far Lorde's own "Yellow Flicker Beat"—it's haunting, empowering, and pretty much sounds like the entire Suzanne Collins series compressed into one 4-minute anthem. This morning, Lorde released the music video for the song and, as per usual, it's pretty badass. It chronicles Lorde's nightly antics, starting in a seedy neon light-lit room, leading to an empty, foggy wooded backroad, vacant arena, pool, a Roaring '20s party, and ending in a flourescent bus stop station—all of which the newly 18-year-old turns into her own personal dance spots. If this is what age and wisdom has done to Lorde, she's certain to avoide that sophmore slump.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Soundtrack will be released November 17.