When HBO’s Girls first aired back in April of 2012, it became an instant TV cult phenomenon. Each Sunday it offered us lines to quote, lines to relate to and lines to laugh at. One of the more underrated aspects of Girls was how fitting the music was with the plotlines. Like when Scissor Sisters’ “Take Your Mama” played while Hannah and Elijah were having a college flashback. Or when Hannah gives her best Beyonce impression to “Halo” during Jessa’s wedding. Each song perfectly frames the scene it is paired with.
As Girls prepares for its season two debut on Sunday, the kind folks at HBO decided to gift fans with a series soundtrack. The show’s creator and star, Lena Dunham, teamed up with Fueled By Ramen to put together 18 tracks that would bring out all of Brookly and two-thirds of Manhattan to a party. Girls, Vol. 1 leads off with Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” which gave us the best music moment from season one, when a frustrated Marnie walks in on Hannah having a dance party for one to the song, and goes from there. Check out some of the soundtrack’s highlights.
fun. “Sight of the Sun”- This track was originally meant for fun.’s Grammy-nominated album, Some Nights, but was left off the final cut due to clearance issues with some samples. When Dunham came calling, the band rewrote and recorded the song while on tour. The final product is a mid-tempo, meditative pop song that has Nate Ruess singing about finally being content in life. It is a fitting set of lyrics to match the theme of the show.
Tegan and Sara “Fool To Cry”- Tegan and Sara tackle a cover of the very popular 1976 single by the Rolling Stones. The track was produced by RAC and is a bit lighter and more polished than the original. It has a more pop spin on it, leaving off the gritty feel of the original song. The Canadian singers show a more soulful side with the song, proving their talent and versatility.
Grouplove “Everyone’s Gonna Get High”- This song is about exactly what it sounds like, getting high. It is a picture-perfect Grouplove jam that is incredibly infectious with a repetitive chorus that will have you singing at the top of your lungs, despite the lyrical content.
Santigold “Girls”- Santigold knows how to turn out a party song that will kickstart the ultimate girls night out. “Girls” features a wordly synth beat and a solid rap verse from the singer. It is perfect for the next time the girls go to warehouse party in Brooklyn.
Girls, Vol.1 features a variety of genres throughout the soundtrack. There are folk harmonies by Fleet Foxes, a whimsical jam by Belle & Sebastian and some classic indie-rock by The Vaccines. It is a good mix of original and already-released songs. Dunham and Fueled By Ramen did a great job of balancing the soundtrack with mainstream artists along with lesser-known musicians like Oh Land and Generationals. Pick up Girls, Vol. 1 out now and be sure to check out the season two premiere of Girls on Sunday, Jan. 13 on HBO.