I'm a casual fan of everything coming from electro-pop band Chvrches. Unexpectedly—yet perfectly—The Irish trio teamed up with EA and DICE to produce the theme song to Mirror's Edge Catalyst. The song, "Warning Call," is written from the perspective of the main character and inspired by her parkour messenger job in the city of Glass.
Lyrically it draws on Faith's (that's the main character) experiences. "Warning Call" plays during the intro and during end credits—and in one more secret location in the city, if you find it.
I'm often a fan of incongruous soundtracks, but there are times when a track nails the tone and feel of a time and place so much that it's hard to ignore. I think that's happening here.
Mirror's Edge Catalyst jumps onto PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on June 9—less than one month away.
EA AND DICE RELEASE BRAND NEW SONG BY CHVRCHES FOR MIRROR'S EDGE CATALYST
Written by the Critically-Acclaimed Band, the Original Song, "Warning Call," is Inspired by Faith's Journey in the City of Glass
STOCKHOLM, Sweden — May 13, 2016 — Today DICE, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) studio, announced a collaboration with critically-acclaimed Scottish electronic group, CHVRCHES, who composed the original song, "Warning Call," for the upcoming video game, Mirror's Edge Catalyst. The song is featured at the start and end of the game and one more secret location if you explore the city of Glass, and touches on many of the thematic elements of the Mirror's Edge Catalyst story. "Warning Call" is available to stream and download at all major service providers today. Mirror's Edge Catalyst launches in North America on June 7th and in Europe on June 9th for PlayStation®4, Xbox One and Origin for PC.
CHVRCHES' signature style, juxtaposing the light and the dark, is its own brand of twisted pop music that uniquely merges the organic with the electronic. Frontwoman, Lauren Mayberry, wrote lyrics from the perspective of the game's heroine, Faith, and perfectly depicts her world, struggles and strength. "Warning Call" is some of the band's finest work to date.
"We were honored to be asked to contribute to the soundtrack for Mirror's Edge Catalyst. The sound of CHVRCHES' music resonates with the minimalist sci-fi dystopia of the Mirror's Edge world, and we feel that the song complements the drama, emotion and empowering themes of Faith's story," says Iain Cook from CHVRCHES.
In Mirror's Edge Catalyst, you will experience the rise of Faith, a daring Runner who uncovers a hidden truth within the walls of the city of Glass. Through her journey, Faith will explore the city, from the highest, most pristine skyscrapers, to the dark and gritty tunnels that lie beneath. Players will need to master the environment, using their momentum and timing their combat to fight the oppression of the ruling elite, uncovering the dark secrets behind the city's beautiful façade. Mirror's Edge Catalyst gives players the freedom to explore the city, discovering a variety of new activities, like "Dash," races from point A to B, environmental puzzles and story missions to complete at their own pace.
"Warning Call" was recorded prior to the band's current world tour at their own Alucard Studios in Glasgow. The band was drawn to and inspired by the game's city of Glass setting with its sweeping, futuristic skylines, and wanted to evoke an otherworldly feeling in the music to match the visual aesthetic of the game. Intrepid listeners will also hear elements of the game's main theme throughout "Warning Call" itself.
CHVRCHES' sophomore album, Every Open Eye, released in the Fall of last year to sweeping acclaim and debuted on the charts as the #1 Alternative Album, #8 overall album on the Billboard 200, #7 Current Album, and the #1 Rock Album.
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