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Fun. Lend 'Sight of the Sun' to 'Girls' Soundtrack – Song Premiere

Band had planned song for their 'Some Nights' LP

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Lindsey Byrnes
January 7, 2013 8:00 AM ET

Lena Dunham's Girls returns to HBO on January 13th, but you can nab the Girls – Volume 1 soundtrack starting January 8th. The compilation features contributions from artists like Sleigh Bells, Robyn and Fleet Foxes.

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Fun. made the list, too, and now you can get an exclusive first listen to their contribution, "Sight of the Sun." It's a meditative, steady-pumping pop ode that frontman Nate Ruess says was written for the band's breakout, Some Nights, but ultimately left off as the chorus featured an uncleared sample, "so we got really dejected and put it away until Lena called."

He adds: "I ended up rewriting the chorus and actually like it better than the sample now! We recorded most of this in Italy on a day off from tour and I just remember us eating an Italian feast at the studio and barely being able to communicate with the engineers, which was kind of cool because it eliminated all small talk and put the focus into the song."

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