Jam to Lorde’s “Yellow Flicker Beat” Music Video for MOCKINGJAY PART 1

Happy Friday, Agents! To commemorate the start of a new weekend, we present to you Lorde’s first single from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 soundtrack, titled “Yellow Flicker Beat.”

Yesterday was the singer’s 18th birthday (Happy birthday, Lorde!), and to mark the special occasion she shared a video for the song, directed by Emily Kai Bock. With the release of her video, Lorde added a note on her website detailing some ideas she had behind the video:


it’s midnight, and i’m all of ten seconds into being eighteen. the first thing that came into my head just now is that i thought i would have less acne at eighteen.. some things never change. lol. happy birthday me.

i’m in my bed in new zealand, and it just occurred to me i don’t think i’ve been home for one of these little notes in a while. on my seventeenth birthday, i wrote from my hotel bed in new york. on the team music video release, i wrote from paris. when yellow flicker beat came out, i wrote from the bus, whizzing across the las vegas desert. it feels nice to come full circle, in a way, back to where i typed out the little note to accompany the royals video, back where i sucked my thumb, and talked in my sleep, and dreamed.

this video is something i’m really proud of. there are so many beautiful shots and moments, and it’s really worth watching it a few times (in the highest possible quality ;~)) to see all the details. when i was dreaming it up, i wasn’t thinking too hard about story or a specific narrative, more a mood; a harsh, crackling heat. yellow flicker beat is about katniss realizing that things have crossed a line, about being pushed to the edge and right over it. my character in this video, whether she’s weaving her way through a decadent ballroom, hiding out in a grimy, neon-lit motel room (her hair ever-so-slightly dishevelled), or waiting in the night for her bus to come dressed in her whitest clothes, is a shapeshifter, full of intensity and impulse, kind of like katniss. whether she’s in a small space or a cavernous one, she’s fiery. i don’t really know what i’m trying to explain to you here, but don’t read the video like a story, just let it take you somewhere.

i guess that’s all i have to say right now – my mind is kind of whizzing about this new milestone. i hope you enjoy this. i’ll let you know what being eighteen is like when i’ve been it for a second. i love you lots and lots, you know. thanks for watching, and for still being here.


As you may already know, Lorde was asked to put together the soundtrack for the upcoming installment to The Hunger Games movie series. So far, we’re loving the results. “Yellow Flicker Beat” is already playing on repeat in the office.

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