By Michele Amabile Angermiller | September 05, 2014 5:50 PM EDT
Bruce Springsteen referred the New Zealand singer to the Asbury Park studio where she cut the yet-untitled single.
Lorde spent her Labor Day weekend in Asbury Park, N.J., but it was a working vacation.
The 17-year-old New Zealand singer recorded the first single from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 at Lakehouse Recording Studios. The artist got a great referral to the Asbury Park location: Bruce Springsteen.
"They said they got a call from the Springsteen camp, who referred us," said owner Jon Leidersdorrf. The Asbury location is a prime studio in the area and has been used by local heavyweights Bon Jovi and The Gaslight Anthem.
Springsteen and Lorde have a history: The Boss covered "Royals" while on tour in Australia earlier this year.
As for the new song, which will be played over the film's closing credits, fans can expect to hear music that is "moody, dark and powerful, " Leidersdorrf said.
Lorde recorded the yet-unnamed track with Grammy-winning producer Paul Epworth (Adele, Coldplay, U2, Bruno Mars) who flew in for the two-day session, which took place from Aug. 28-29. The track was engineered by Matt Wiggins, who took time out from a recording session with U2 to make the trek to New Jersey, and Lakehouse engineer Eric Romero.
Lorde shared lyrics to the song on her Twitter page, which Leidersdorrf confirmed are the opening lines. "I'm a princess cut from marble, smoother than a storm," read the handwritten words.
In addition to recording, Lorde and her band utilized the Paramount Theater on the boardwalk to prepare for her tour, which kicks off Friday (Sept. 5) at the Mann Theater in Philadelphia.
But it wasn't all work and no play: The teen took in the sights, strolling the boardwalk unnoticed and enjoying a meal in the town.
"She's a normal 17-year old and very intelligent," said Leidersdorrf.
The Hunger Games soundtrack is scheduled to be released three days beforeMockingjay soars into theaters on Nov. 21.