Just the other day the first single from the soundtrack to Gary Ross’ highly anticipated adaptation of The Hunger Games, a song called “Safe and Sound” by Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars, was released. While some were dismayed at the inclusion of the teen-skewing Swift, producer T. Bone Burnett (Crazy Heart) has much more up his sleeve as a few more contributing artists have now been announced. Burnett is collaborating with composer James Newton Howard not only on the film’s score, but also on an ambitious soundtrack album made up of original songs inspired by the film’s themes . Hit the jump to find out who’ll be joining Swift on the soundtrack.
At the time of the “Safe and Sound” release, I mentioned that I was hopeful Burnett would include a wide-range of artists on the new album, and now my fears of an entirely teen-centric soundtrack have been alleviated. Universal reports (via EW) that the disc will contain contributions from not only Swift, but also The Decemberists and Arcade Fire members Win Butler and Regine Chassagne. I’m a big fan of both bands and their inclusion gives me faith that Burnett is putting together something special. I’m really looking forward to a folk-centric soundtrack from a batch of interesting and innovative artists, and this is a big step in the right direction. Hopefully more contributors will be announced soon.
If you’re unfamiliar with The Decemberists or Arcade Fire, I suggest you get acquainted:
And here’s Swift and The Civil Wars’ “Safe and Sound” to get an idea of what to expect from the album with regards to tone: