Lorde dropped a new video this morning for Yellow Flicker Beat in celebration of the upcoming release of the new Hunger Games: Mockingjay soundtrack and her eighteenth birthday.
Her collaboration with Son Lux in March gave us hope that New Zealand’s pop powerhouse would branch out and head for the dark side. Yellow Flicker Beat continues the trajectory towards the shadowy and the weird, with a sinewy beat built around a foundation of luminescent whispers and synths.
The impulse in humans is often to pull away and seek answers. This longing is echoed in the video’s visuals of neon lights through sketchy hotel windows, a solitary bus stops full of fluorescence and insects, silhouetted dancing, and a fancy party fit for The Capitol.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay soundtrack was curated by Lorde and features a Kanye West remix (rework?) of “Yellow Flicker Beat” and another new song from the Queen B. The full track listing is below and it includes The Chemical Brothers, Grace Jones, Bat For Lashes, Chvrches, and Charlie XCX. The soundtrack is set to be released on November 21st.
1) Stromae: “Meltdown” [ft. Lorde, Pusha T, Q-Tip, Haim]
2) Chvrches: “Dead Air”
3) Tove Lo: “Scream My Name”
4) Charli XCX: “Kingdom” [ft. Simon Bon]
5) Various Artists: “Track 5”
6) Raury: “Lost Souls”
7) Lorde: “Yellow Flicker Beat”
8) Tinashé: “The Leap”
9) Bat for Lashes: “Plan the Escape”
10) Grace Jones: “Original Beast”
11) Lorde: “Flicker” (Kanye West Rework)
12) XOV: “Animal”
13) The Chemical Brothers: “This Is Not a Game” [ft. Miguel]
14) Lorde: “Ladder Song”
Update: We found the Kanye West ‘rework’ of Lorde’s “Yellow Flicker Beat” and you can listen to that here. Not many changes, but the sound scape is considerably more open, and the reworked version is much less of a dance track. It’s more of a meditation.