Soundtrack Of The Month [August, 2014] – ‘Divergent’ (2014)

In the August instalment of the brand new feature on – Soundtrack Of The Month, Samantha King takes us through a notable soundtrack that has touched the hearts and minds of many. This month (August), we take a look at the songs that accompanied the action packed sci-fi ‘Divergent’.


Adapted from the book of the same name by author Veronica Roth, ‘Divergent’ is the tale of a dystopian future, where society is set out into five distinct groups in an attempt to maintain peace.

The soundtrack to the film features popular musical artists mixed with heavy electronic tracks, bringing a sense of familiarity to an otherwise far fetched plot.

1. ‘Beating Heart’ – Ellie Goulding

The electronic beat stereotypical of Ellie Goulding’s music works well alongside the film. The rousing build up in the song matches the pace of the onscreen action perfectly and gives almost a sense of freedom to the listener with the melodic vocals of Goulding.

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2. ‘I Need You’ – M83

The electronic soundscape within this track by M83 matches the dystopian future depicted in the film – bleak and uninspiring. It is this accurate depiction of the film painted through sound that makes this track quite so successful.

3. ‘Run Boy Run’ – Woodkid

The intense, fast paced nature of this track by Woodkid once again matches the fast paced action depicted onscreen. The constant, heavy drum beat in the background is the perfect accompaniment to the intense scenes.

4. ‘My Blood’ – Ellie Goulding

Once again, Ellie Goulding features on the soundtrack. Her unique vocals lend themselves to the film, and almost act as a voice for the characters when there is no dialogue. The lyrics of the song summarise the whole of the story quite perfectly.

5. ‘Stranger’ – Skrillex

Once again, the heavy use of electronica works well with the intense scenes. The emptiness of the electronic sound reflects the feeling of the characters on screen, with the build up of the song further reinforcing this idea.

6. ‘I Won’t Let You Go’ – Gary Lightbody

The heavy track accompanied with the gentle voice of Gary Lightbody is quite the contrast, but one that works. It almost reflects the hard decisions the characters within the film must make against a background of violence and lost hope.