I’ve never really quite understood how a 1920’s social satire sort of became America’s de facto beloved novel. The apparent moral of its story always seemed to me to be that wealth and excess do not give rise to lasting happiness, but–to generalize a bit–America has always loved Fitzgerald’s satire, and of course now it’s being turned into major Hollywood extravaganza that screams excess and is literally fueled by wealth. Perhaps the only thing we took away as a culture was that Gatsby threw some kickass parties before his fall, always having the best singers, dancers and an abundance of booze. So it’s appropriate that the Jay-Z produced Gatsby soundtrack gives a sampling of some of the best, or at least most famous, artists in music business today. Florence + the Machine’s “Over The Love” is our first taste of that that record, and I believe GQ is correct in saying this is sung from Daisy’s perspective. Welch is in great form on the track and it leaves me rewatching its trailers, excited to see the film–all intellectual quandaries aside.
Florence + The Machine – “Over The Love”
In which Beyoncé dances around and wears a “Kale” sweatshirt.
From the band’s forthcoming new mixtape, #000000 & #FFFFFF
Performed, alongside new songs, at a show in Los Angeles