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Arcade Fire record movie theme

Every critic’s favourite stadium band Arcade Fire have resurfaced with a brand new track. The song, Abraham’s Daughter, comes from the soundtrack to the film The Hunger Games.

The film is set in a fictional fascist state called Capitol. Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler explained the song’s theme to Entertainment Weekly: "We were interested in making music that would be more integral in the movie, just as a mental exercise," he said. "And there's an anthem that runs throughout the books, the national anthem of the fascist Capitol. So as a thought experiment, we tried to write what that might sound like. It's like the Capitol's idea of itself, basically."

Regine Chassagne sings lead vocal on the track, which plays over the film’s closing credits. "Our whole approach was to get into the world and try to create something that serves the story and the film," Butler said. "There's something in the story of Abraham and Isaac that I think resonates with the themes in the film, like sacrificing children. So we made a weird, alternate-universe version of that.

"It's not a pop song or anything. More of an anthem that could be playing at a big sporting event like the Games. So we did a structure for that, and then James Newton Howard made a movie-score version of it that happens in several places in the film."

The Hunger Games, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson and Elizabeth Banks is released on March 23 in the UK. The soundtrack also features contributions from The Low Anthem, Taylor Swift and The Decemberists.

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