Recorded as if in a humid forest just after midnight, the soundtrack to "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1" is an immersive experience, one overwrought enough to darken candlelit teenage bedrooms but deep enough to reward more advanced exploration. Filled with echoed, synthetic rhythms, a maximalist's love of multitrack recording and a warm vibe, the 14 songs on "Mockingjay" were selected by the New Zealand artist Lorde, and her striking aesthetic is all over it.
In fact, the collection runs like a particularly excellent goth-dance mix tape, one featuring new music from Lorde, Scottish synth-poppers Chvrches, rising R&B hit maker Tinashe, Kanye West (who remixes Lorde) and others. Like the best of such collections, it connects enough dots to leave a listener...
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