Music Monday :: the Mockingjay Part 1… soundtrack?

1 Dec

I still really hate calling these soundtracks, because save the one song per they’re not in the movie at all.  But I like parts of the first two pretty well, so let’s see how this goes.  I’m actually gonna give this whole album a listen.

“Meltdown” by Stromae (featuring Lorde, Pusha T, Q-Tip, & Haim).  Anyone else in this song?  I am not a rap girl, but I respect it.  And well, here’s Lorde doing the bridge and a lot of it, and there’s a creepy choir in the background, and I’m not sure really what’s going on but I don’t mind it.

“Dead Air” by CHVRCHES.  “I will never believe what they say, there is a strength in enduring.”  As should be apparent by my mixes of late, I am very heavily in the middle of a CHVRCHES moment.  They’re the nicest kind of synth whatnot, and this is in keeping with that theme.  Oh, no, iTunes reviewers, it’s not melancholy and twangy like the first soundtrack and sort of the second.  I mean, I love the hell out of the twang, but in honesty, Mockingjay was not a twangy movie, so I’m not bothered by this at all.  Especially since it’s not a soundtrack.

“Scream My Name” by Tove Lo.  Who I have never heard of before this moment, but I just looked her up and apparently she’s Swedish, so I’m assuming I’m going to enjoy this.  And yes, I do.  It’s not quite as… I don’t know, weird and hard to describe as Lykke Li or someone, but I like it.  I’m intrigued and plan to check out the rest of her catalog.

“Kingdom” by Charli XCX featuring Simon Le Bon.  I mostly know of Charli XCX from her song with Marina and the Diamonds that appears on many 8tracks mixes, but this is all right too.  The thing about this album is that it’s a more, like… industrial-electro-pop.  But like I said, I think that kind of makes sense?  I don’t know.

“All My Love” by Ariana Grande and Major Lazer.  I’ve heard of Ariana Grande before, of course, but I don’t know any of her stuff.  And I don’t know who this Major Lazer is honestly.  This one is even poppier, this one feels like dancing at the two dance clubs I’ve ever been to, so there’s that.

“Lost Souls” by Raury.  And here… is something that starts out sounding like a country song?  This is definitely the combo breaker so far on this officially-sanctioned fanmix.

“Yellow Flicker Beat” by Lorde.  I don’t care that I’ve heard this song a hundred times already from the million 8tracks mixes that started using it immediately, I like it.  I like Lorde an awful lot.  She’s a weirdo and I mean that in the nicest way.

“The Leap” by Tinashe.  Okay, this is slower.  This is a nighttime patrol in the industrial apocalypse, not a battle scene, but that’s all right, not everything is a battle scene.  Now I’m just thinking about everything that this movie and in turn this book could be and I’m kind of bummed.  But the song is pretty good.

“Plan the Escape” by Bat for Lashes.  And here is another lovely lady I know from mixes so it makes sense that she’s shown up here on this one, all creepy ethereal vocals over the vaguely ominous but soft instrumentals.  I predict that this one will start popping up on mixes, too, because it just seems like the kind of thing that would.

“Original Beast” by Grace Jones.  My goodness, Grace Jones.  That’s kinda neat and very unexpected.  This song is a bit of a combo breaker, too, but not in a bad way.  Just in the way of it sounds like a slightly different revolution, or maybe a revolution with better more colorful lighting.  The percussion is different, it’s got more of those synthy guitars and whatnot, it’s interesting.  Really interesting.

“Flicker” by Lorde, Kanye West rework.  The differences don’t really start till the first chorus-place, significantly, but what it is is a more ominous instrumentation underneath Lorde’s pretty voice.  It’s less percussive, there are weird noises here and there, it sounds more like ghosts or something.  Techno ghosts.

“Animal” by XOV.  I don’t know XOV either, and this just… lost me with the lyric “you be the prey and I’ll be the predator.”  Moving on.

“This is Not a Game” by the Chemical Brothers featuring Miguel and Lorde.  Hey, Lorde my dear, you’re quite busy on this album.  Not that I’m complaining.  This is… boy electronica and that doesn’t interest me as much, especially because a lot of it doesn’t seem to be melody so much as instrument tricks with yelling and Lorde declaring “there it is,” but I’m sure it has its place.

“Ladder Song” by Lorde.  Wow, that’s a creepy little churchy pipe organ.  This is actually a cover of a Bright Eyes song, which I have never heard before but I’m assuming it’s also slightly unnerving and odd and nice.  “If I got to go first I’ll do it on my terms.”  That’s pretty appropriate.  Yeah, this sounds appropriate to the film or to really any dystopia.  I like it.

–your fangirl heroine.

smugness

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