Winter is finally here… and it brought new music along with it! The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones is officially underway, and it’s hard to believe that the world’s most popular television show is really coming to an end. Yet, for a show riddled with plot twists and shocking revelations, something that no one saw coming was the announcement of a bona fide, star-studded soundtrack inspired by the HBO series.
The album, aptly titled For the Throne, drops on April 26, but Columbia Records gifted us with two early singles: “Nightshade” by The Lumineers and “Kingdom of One” by Maren Morris. While both tracks are incredible, the latter sees Morris as she aims for the throne while channeling her inner Daenerys Targaryen, and the results are glorious.
“Kingdom of One” benefits from a brilliantly simplistic sound. The lead acoustic guitar is accompanied by an eerie ambiance that even Cersei Lannister would be impressed by. The production work is tinged with melancholy, which is fit for a track that questions whether you would sell your soul and “everything that you love” to “finally become second to none.” Morris expertly maneuvers the gloomy atmosphere with what might be her most haunting vocals to date. It’s a sound that not many can pull off, but the Texas native has proven to be a surprisingly versatile vocalist.