Anyone who had to read The Great Gatsby
in high school will most likely groan when they hear the phrase "the green light": its symbolism was veritably hammered into our brain like a bad pop song, regurgitated endlessly in SAT essays and classroom discussions and eventually losing all meaning. It would take a lot, we thought, to make us once again appreciate "the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us."
But if anyone can do the job, it's Florence Welch.
Whether we like it or not, the shiny, ultra-hip, easy-on-the-eyes Great Gatsby
remake, directed by Baz Luhrmann (Romeo and Juliet
, Moulin Rouge
) and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan, is going to be influencing our pop culture this season, from film to music to fashion. One of the driving forces behind its hugeness is the star-studded soundtrack, with music from the likes of Jay-Z and Gotye (not exactly what comes to mind when you think 1920s Long Island, but then again, David Bowie and Christina Aguilera didn't used to come to mind when we thought of turn-of-the-century French prostitutes, but there you have it).
Much like the novel on which the film is based, the soundtrack seems to be a conversation between the glam and glitz of an all-night party and the crippling isolation that follows. Songs like Fergie's "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody," will.i.am's "Bang Bang," and "Where The Wind Blows" by Coco O. of Quadron will contrast beautifully with Lana Del Rey's weepy "Young and Beautiful" and the xx's haunting "Together." The newest release from Florence + The Machine
, "Over The Love," seems to be the centerpiece of the album, which brings us back to our original point: when Florence wails, "Now there's green light in my eyes!" with all the desperation of Daisy Buchanan herself, one can almost feel some sympathy for these melodramatic, self-centered rich white folks. Almost.
Check out the most recent trailer, featuring a few songs from the soundtrack, including "Over The Love":