On the eve of Lorde’s 18th birthday, the New Zealand Singer has shared the music video for “Yellow Flicker Beat”, the first single from The Hunger Games: The Mockingjay – Part 1’s soundtrack, which Lorde herself curated. The clip, which does not seem to be related to the movie, features Lorde singing in different spots, dancing and wearing fancy outfits, but always on her own. “Yellow Flicker Beat” was released in September, and Lorde describes it as her “attempt at getting inside [Katniss’] head.” Watch the music video directed by Emily Kai Bock below, and scroll down to read what Lorde wrote about the video and her 18th birthday on her Tumblr page. The Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack will be out on November 17, ahead of the movie’s premiere on November 21.
“i’m sitting up in bed, moving through desert halfway between utah and las vegas. yesterday was our ninth show in eleven days. every night, after i play, and say hi, and take pictures, and i walk up the stairs and we go on our way, i set up in this little bed office. i work from midnight until late on the soundtrack, singing into my computer, listening to demos and final mixes. my bus sleeps. we are almost at the end, the point where this soundtrack gets taken away from me and becomes something real. i’m reminded of this day last year, when pure heroine came out in this country. the feeling of something very solitary that i had worked on spinning around and around further away from me, becoming someone else’s, everyone’s. the past year of my life has seen everything around me multiply in size and number – the stamps on my passport, the number of people i have to ask before i ride on the ferris wheel after my set at a festival, the decibels that follow me when i walk around in public.
the other thing that’s grown is me – my fitness, my mental stamina, my ability to think clearly and make decisions – but most of all, my capacity for love. the thousands upon thousands (wait, millions(?!!)) of you who bought pure heroine truly feel like friends to me – it’s no coincidence i’m posting this note here, where i feel the most happy and safe online, the place where i laugh the most and where every day, i feel like people get me. i never knew i could feel such a warm heart for this many people at once. thankyou for hearing about me all those months ago, and sticking around. thankyou for being here. Now, about this song – yellow flicker beat. it’s my first offering from what i hope will be a soundtrack you love. it’s my attempt at getting inside her head, katniss’. i hope you like it.”