Cultivating great musical taste

Song of the Day: Abraham’s Daughter by Arcade Fire

This is another track discovered because of a film, that film being The Hunger Games. Abraham’s Daughter by Arcade Fire pops up at the start of the credits and I think it’s epitomizes the film (and the books) perfectly, at least a lot more so than Taylor Swift’s Safe and Sound.

The lyrics might not really link to the film, but I love how discordant  and fractured it is, because that’s what the storyline of The Hunger Games is, it’s a world fractured both literally and figuratively and this selection of song was a stroke of genius.

I first heard this at the cinema when the film had finished, it struck a chord with me immediately, you know when the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end, but there was a crowd behind me eager to get out of the screen and I couldn’t see who the track was by, or even what it as called. I searched and searched, on Spotify, Youtube even Google, but somehow couldn’t find it.

But today the DVD came out. Aside from the song being the perfect choice for the film, there is much to its credit. The fact that there is an emphasis on almost every syllable gives it a unique feel and there’s also a marching quality to it from the dramatic music.

Going back to the ’emphasis on every syllable’ point, it also adds an edge of anger to the song, as if what is unfolding is unjust. But there are times when the singing goes smoothly, and that is usually when the angel is talking, which is a nice touch and symbolic.

There’s a moment when it goes quiet, not silent, just not as much going on as there was before which is calming and gives you time to reflect how awesome this song is. Yet before long it gets intense again, building up and up before tailing away entirely.

It’s a song that you can emotionally react to, if writers want to write and angry scene they should put this track on repeat because it is a brilliant soundtrack to that sort of scene. As a whole it is almost overwhelming because it’s full of so much, yet when it ends the instant reaction is to put it on again.

It is one amazing track.


4 responses

  1. Cringed a bit when Swift’s involvement was announced. Got into Hunger Games when it was still under the radar and feared it being neutered in the name of pop culture. Arcane Fire is a better fit for the themes going on in the books. Check out my review

    04/09/2012 at 2:19 am

    • I’m afraid I didn’t get into the books until earlier this year, but I’m glad I picked them up. It’s such an amazing story and I feared the same thing with the film coming out. I’m still a bit dubious about Mockingjay being split into two. Awesome, thanks for the link, I will check it out now.

      04/09/2012 at 9:45 am

  2. Great song.

    04/09/2012 at 1:52 pm

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