A Great Big World are a happy pair with a very positive outlook. Despite the success of their tear-jerking ballad Say Something, their album boasts bouncy melodies with messages about love and a better tomorrow. They might be said to be a couple of dreamers with their heads in the clouds, and in today’s world, that might not be such a bad thing.
Upon hearing Say Something, which is currently a Top 10 hit with megastar-in-return Christina Aguilera, I was excited to find out what else this New York indie-pop duo had to offer following what is one of the pivotal pop music moments of 2014 so far.
It’s understandable that the soundtrack to the second Hunger Games movie Catching Fire isn’t a re-creation of the first. Songs From District 12 and Beyond, with T-Bone Burnett as executive producer, was an adventure of its own centred around the humble life of Panem’s District 12 with mainly folk tunes.
This time, Alexandra Patsavas is on board. Known for her work behind soundtracks for The O.C., Grey’s Anatomy and Twilight, Patsavas has a knack for bringing in current and upcoming names to provide a who’s who of television and movie soundtrack music.
In the wake of the horrific shooting in Connecticut, one of the least important things to come of it is the influence on the radio airplay of certain songs. Like other events in recent history, including 9/11, radio stations will often take it upon themselves to avoid airing certain songs that may evoke a negative reaction during a sensitive time.