Last night, MTV premiered the music video for Taylor Swift and the Civil Wars' "Safe and Sound," the first song off The Hunger Games soundtrack.
This song may not be something I'd ordinarily listen to, but it is absolutely right for The Hunger Games. It is eerie and haunting, an appropriately tantalizing contradiction to its title. I appreciate that the video opted not to reveal any scenes from the upcoming film- the setting of the cold, creepy woods was clearly inspired by the story, but the only blatant reference happens when Taylor stumbles upon that mockingjay pin. The song matches the tone of the books and inspires your imagination without spelling it out for you, leaving room for interpretation- there are a few scenes I can see this song accompanying, and I can't wait to see how it actually fits in.
The entire soundtrack sounds promising, featuring the likes of Arcade Fire, the Decemberists, and Miranda Lambert as well. See the full playlist here.
Unrelated to the soundtrack but in other Hunger Games news, check out this fun promo that was sent to members of the media. The white rose. Neat. (If you haven't read the books, this won't mean anything to you... so you should probably go read the books now, especially if you expect us to continue being friends).