The promo machine for the summer blockbusters is in full effect. After presenting footage at Cinema Con, Universal has released the first track from the Snow White and the Huntsman called “Breath of Life.” The song is written and performed by Florence + the Machine. With those ominous drums and Florence’s voice and choral arrangements, the track definitely fits in with the tone of the trailers and the Evil Queen character it’s written about. It’s surprising that a major summer film would release a single as a part of it’s film marketing but this song is pretty great.
Florence spoke to MTV said “”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.”
Could this be a contender for Best Original Song? After the debacle that was last year, the Academy will hopefully consider a wider range of songs; It’s been a while since there’s been a rock song nominated for this award.