The key to some of the best featured songs from huge movie soundtracks is that they stand apart from the film they are meant to represent. Think “My Heart Will Go On” from “Titanic” or “Decode” from “Twilight.” Such is the case with Death Cab for Cutie’s “Meet Me on the Equinox,” the first single off the “New Moon” soundtrack, which debuted yesterday (press play above to hear it in its entirety) while the Video Music Awards aired.
For those of you who don’t know, the official Dictionary.com definition of equinox is: “the time when the sun crosses the plane of the earth’s equator, making night and day of approximately equal length all over the earth.” Vampires can only come out during the night and humans spend most of their life during the day sounds surprisingly fitting for a vampire/human love story.
But, Death Cab frontman Ben Gibbard told MTV, “The song at its core is just about meeting another halfway, because life is very short, because there’s only a brief period of time to really connect with people, and that it’s important to recognize that.
The songs lyrics, “Your last breath, moving through you, as everything, everything ends,” sounds suspiciously vampire-esque ( “Breaking Dawn,” anyone?). The lyrics, in true Death Cab style, are angsty and fit well with anyone who’s been through heartbreak. The songs theme, about meeting the one you love halfway, fit well with any love story — vampire or not.
“I just wanted something that kind of tonally matched the story and the scenes within the film, so they could kind of be put alongside but not be telling a narrative you’re watching on the screen,” Ben shared.
What do you think of the new single? Do you like it better or worse than “Decode”?