‘The Hunger Games’ Companion Album Track ‘Abraham’s Daughter’ by Arcade Fire
Entertainment Weekly exclusively revealed the first listen to ‘Abraham’s Daughter’, the original song by Arcade Fire that will be on the companion album Songs from District 12 and Beyond.
Arcade frontman Win Butler spoke to EW about his inspiration for the song, which will play over the movie’s closing credits: “I tried to put myself in the headspace of how excited I’d be if this film was coming out when I was 15. I still remember hearing Radiohead’s ‘Exit Music (for a Film)’ in [Baz Luhrmann’s] Romeo + Juliet when I was that age.”
“Our whole approach was to get into the world and try to create something that serves the story and the film,” he continued. ”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.”
In addition to “Abraham’s Daughter,” the group also contributed a song to the movie’s score, “Horn of Plenty.”
“We were interested in making music that would be more integral in the movie, just as a mental exercise,” Butler explained. “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.”
“It’s not a pop song or anything,” he added. “More of an anthem that could be playing at a big sporting event like the Games. 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.”
I personally love that he cited Exit Music (for a film) because I think I was 16 or 17 when Romeo+Juliet came out and that song was just beyond amazing playing during the credits. To this day it’s still my favorite Radiohead song. What do you guys think about Abraham’s Daughter?