Here's the kind of birthday present most teens only dream about: On the day New Zealand pop phenom Lorde turns 18, she has released her latest video for "Yellow Flicker Beat," one of the key songs from the soundtrack to "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1," a multi-artist compilation the young singer and songwriter also curated.
"Yellow Flicker Beat" has already been popular on YouTube through a static video that has collected more than 5.3 million views. The official music video released Thursday finds Lorde in a variety of moody settings, starting in what looks like a cheap motel room in which she's illuminated by the ghostly light from a neon sign outside the window.
The rest of the life-after-dark scenario, directed by Emily Kai Bock, finds her moving from a tony cocktail party to a rural deserted road to a poolside and back to the motel room. Lorde's songis a first-person narrative from a woman expressing the strength and resolve of "Hunger Games" central character Katniss Everdeen, as played by Jennifer Lawrence.
I'm a princess cut from marble, smoother than a storm
And the scars that mark my body, they're silver and gold
My blood is a flood of rubies, precious stones
It keeps my veins hot, the fire's found a home in me
The “Hunger Games: Mockingjay” soundtrack is due Nov. 17 and includes tracks chosen by Lorde from acts including Major Lazer featuring Ariana Grande, Q-Tip, Haim, Charli XCX featuring Simon Le Bon, Grace Jones and Kanye West’s take on “Yellow Flicker Beat.”