In “Breath of Life,” Florence + The Machine’s song featured on the Snow White & The Huntsman soundtrack, frontwoman Florence Welch proves that telling the story behind Snow White isn’t child’s play.
Welch said that when she recorded the track’s “amazing orchestral” sound, she nearly “wept.”
“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 L.A. who composed it. And it was amazing to see the music we played being turned into this amazing orchestral thing,” said Welch.
“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,” the songstress continued. “And then we all went into Abbey Road and 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.”
“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,” Welch told MTV News.
“[There are] these amazing scenes where she’s kind of picking out birds’ hearts and eating them. [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.”
Snow White and the Huntsman, starring Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart, hits theaters June 1st, with the soundtrack due May 29th.
–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles