Watch: Lorde: “Yellow Flicker Beat”

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I think it was already pretty clear that the upcoming Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 soundtrack curated by Lorde herself will be the next best thing out this year after Taylor Swift’s 1989 .

Now, with the release of the video for her own single, “Yellow Flicker Beat” today, there’s no doubt that this is one epic album. The song sits as the standout of the soundtrack which will feature music from other hit artists such as Tinashe, CHVRCHES, Tove Lo, Charli XCX and even Ariana Grande adding to the world of Panem.

The video starts simply with Lorde sitting on the bed in a neon-lit hotel room and cutting to scenes of her in a vibrant red pantsuit in the middle of the street.

Of course, what would a Lorde video be without Lorde dance moves?  Taken over by whatever spirit that possessed her, Lorde dances in spastic and sudden jerks that, surprisingly, keep you mesmerized instead of turning you away.

“Yellow Flicker Beat” does show that Lorde has experienced some growth in her music, sticking close to her style of folksy-pop but stepping up her game lyrically (also embodying Katniss’ badassery very well), saying:

“I got my fingers laced together/and I made a little prison/and I’m locking up everyone/who ever laid a finger on me.”

If this is the standout of the soundtrack, imagine how the rest of it will be. Too good. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 soundtrack will be released Nov. 17.

 

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