Florence Welch is fascinated by the beauty and the greed of Charlize Theron's wicked character when she writes a soundtrack for the Kristen Stewart-starring movie.
One of the soundtracks for upcoming movie "Snow White and the Huntsman" has just been revealed. Recorded by Grammy-winning group Florence and the Machine, the song is titled "Breath of Life" and promises to feature some epic and intense melodies with "big, clattering drums, huge bass sounds."
Instead of looking up to the protagonist Snow White who's played by Kristen Stewart, Florence Welch said she took inspiration from Evil Queen Ravenna. "The Queen is just this incredible character; so hungry for life but so dead inside. She's sort of eternal, but inside there's nothing. She's kind of like charcoal or something," she told MTV.
Florence is particularly fond of a scene where the Queen played by Charlize Theron is "kind of picking out birds' hearts and eating them." The lead singer gushed, "[She has] this thirst for youth and for life, but for what kind of life? This darkness, but she's so beautiful, so it's this kind of juxtaposition between beauty and, ultimately, death."
The recording process, which was held at the famed Abbey Road with a big number of choir members, also blew her away. "It was one of the best days of my life; I love choirs and I love choral music, and there was a 60-piece choir singing the vocal parts that I had written. When the baritones came in, I nearly wept, it was so emotional," she said.
"My manager was looking at me going 'Do not get used to this. We cannot afford this 60-piece choir!' " she laughed. "It was just wonderful. Me and Isa [Summers, Welch's Machine partner, and co-writer of the track] were in there, these young women who made music for love, but with not much money or much reason."
In related news, Florence and the Machine are confirmed to record 8 new performances for MTV's "Unplugged" for April 8 airing. With the band on board, the gig will "continue to offer musicians the ability to rearrange classics, strip down their instruments and let their talent shine through on all our screens and across genres for fans to revel in."
The Civil Wars and Dierks Bentley are also tapped for the "Unplugged" series, but they will perform for VH1 and CMT respectively.