Florence Welch says she was inspired by Charlize Theron's 'Queen Ravenna' character on new track
Florence And The Machine have recorded a new track ‘Breath Of Life’ for the soundtrack to the forthcoming Hollywood blockbuster Snow White And The Huntsman.
The band, who released their second album ‘Ceremonials’ in October last year, revealed that they have recorded an orchestra heavy track for the film’s soundtrack, which singer Florence Welch has said is inspired by the film’s character of the evil Queen Ravenna, played by Charlize Theron.
Speaking to MTV News, Welch said of her inspiration for ‘Breath Of Life’: “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 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.”
Welch also spoke about the band’s recording sessions for the track and revealed that she “almost cried” during the making of ‘Breath Of Life’.
Speaking about the track’s recording, Welch said: “”We went in and demoed the track, these big, clattering drums, huge bass sounds and everything was very intense and then we sent that to the guys in LA who composed it. And it was amazing to see the music we played being turned into this amazing orchestral thing.”
She continued: “You feel in a bit of a way like you’re kind of making it up as you go along, and then when you see it done, laid out before you in such a beautiful, orchestral fashion, it’s really incredible… 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.”
Snow White And The Huntsman stars Twilight actress Kristen Stewart and Thor‘s Chris Hemsworth as well as Theron and is due to be released into UK cinemas on June 1. You can watch the trailer for Snow White And The Huntsman by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.
Florence And The Machine will release a new live album on April 9, which was recorded at the band’s MTV Unplugged performance late last year.