Had to get to this album before the year ends. I had the good fortune of meeting bothj Rozen AND Reven at MAGWest earlier this year. Wonderful folks who make one hell of a tribute to NieR: Automata.Read More
I can't say enough how much I love the title of this debut album. Not only are there some great game covers, but also some classic Cheap Trick, and TV shows like Goosebumps and sports.
An enticing trip through the sounds of Skyrim thanks to Rozen and the Materia Collective. Such perfect Winter music. This is the type of album I have to keep in my back pocket for when the desert heat rises to temperatures so high that the only respite is trying to think as cold as possible.
Listen for adventure.
This stuff is so soothing. We all know that I love them funky rhythms and in your face hip hop jams, but growing up as a Square fanboy, and also a fan of lighthearted games like Kirby, Chibi Robo and Animal Crossing have given me a soft spot in my heart for the light and fluid melodies such as 'The Princess.' One of the opening tracks on Ryan Stunkel's latest, Echoes of Adventure.
Stunkel is releasing music at a surprising clip, and I'm glad to hear it. The quantity hasn't affected the quality though, as EoA seems to be the fullest album to date. Ten tracks of wonderful RPG fare that would make a Square Enix fan of any era get sucked into the swelling horns and drums on the more epic tracks such as Kidnapped, and Beneath the Shadow.
Ever since I started ending SUBCON with OST ending themes, I've become far more attentive to ending themes in general. "Friends Forever" is the closing track to the album, and although I know nothing more about the protagonists of this story beyond the evocative artwork, the heart of the track seeps through, and helps conclude the album with some surprising poignancy.
Can Stunkel keep up the frenetic pace he has been composing at? While he finally release a few more VG covers? Find out whenever I review another one of Ryan Stunkel's videogame inspired albums. That day is certainly sooner than I think.
Fate is calling.
Robby Duguay had me at 'SNES-style symphonic mix.' Listening to the album helped a lot too of course. you might remember Duguay from my praise for his previous OST release. Much like We Are Doomed from earlier this year, Robby has taken one of his dynamic game soundtracks and organized them into a soothing trek reminiscent of classic 16 bit RPGs in his newest album.
I'm only describing half the album though. Tracks 10-18 of this 19 track album are collectively known as (Chaos) and feature a much heavier electronic vibe that gets surprisingly intense as Duguay's instrument choices vary wildly between tracks. So varied in fact, that before I looked at the track list I thought I was listening to a completely new set of songs. I can't help but be drawn into the synthy dubstep boss battle or whatever it is that is happening in the chaos version of "Pestilence," of course, the ominous squarewave wailing of the Serenity version has a place in my heart too.
Killer cut though? On first listen it was definitely "Fire (Chaos)" with that grinding march of an opener it's tough not to be immediately pumped before the song is even in full swing. As I listen again though, I am actually falling in love with the deep, driving sounds of winter in "Ice (Chaos)." In fact, I'm pretty sure I found all the background music I need for a future podcast thanks to these epic closing tracks.
Unlike many albums, Duguay closes with the titular Fate Tectonics, which comes as a restful reprise after the tracks I just mentioned. You can check out the Fate Tectonics game by Golden Gear over at FateTectonics.com and buy Robby Duguay's music on his Bandcamp music page.
The Icarus Kids break out to a strong lead on the back of their debut EP, Red Shell. A small collection of live arrangements by this five piece Seattle based band.
Though the EP is small, the songs are big. Making the most of the limited track list, The Icarus Kids go right for the throat. The album opens with lively renditions of "Dark World" from The Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past, and Super Mario Kart classic "Rainbow Road".
Besides the known classics, The IK close out the EP by digging deep for the obscure track Flandre from The Embodiment of Scarlet Devil, a Japan only vertical shooter released for PC in Japan.
Just the way I like my video game music, obscure and intense. Just for teaching me a thing about Touhou shmups is worth the $5 for the album.
Grab the EP now for $5 via the Red Shell EP page on The Icarus Kids bandcamp.
It's not easy to encapsulate six hours of music into a few sentences, but Shiryu's tribute to 20 years of Super Nintendo, SNES XX, has forced my hand.
To get a scope of this album, just know that the shortest track on the album, "Pilotwings Suite" clocks in at about seven and a half minutes.
So now you must be wondering what the longest song is. The albums grand finale is a nearly 40 minute long tribute to underrated SNES title Secret of Mana. This song alone could have been a full album release.
You can grab this collection of over 6 hours of nearly two dozen different SNES based medley for approximately $13 over on Shiryu's bandcamp page.
When it rains, it pours.
Check out this video by La SÉGA, the 'SÉGA' meaning "Société des Écrituristes Gamers Arrangeurs."
This Paris based society of composers gathers weekly to record incredible video game inspired music performances and music videos like the one below. The Song of Storms itself is a surprisingly great song to see performed.
Amazing orchestral medley video from The Mini Mario Orchestra. Zelda, Earthbound, Metroid, Starfox and plenty more are tossed into this megamix of classic game music.
From the depths of the ocean, to the depths of possibly some other planets ocean comes the mimos. It would appear that the mimos seems to have an unhealthy obsession with vast and empty spaces. Reflect, meditate, and dance. Listen to this when getting involved in any adventure you may or may not have asked to be involved with.
<a href="http://themimos.bandcamp.com/album/an-unhealthy-obsession-with-vast-and-empty-places">an unhealthy obsession with vast and empty places by the mimos</a>
An incredible orchestral album of the beautiful themes found in one of my favorite games in all of gamedom. Majora's Mask and it's dark themes come to life in these haunting arrangements that portend the end of the world. Theophany produces an aural adventure that places you right below the clock tower, with only days left before Time's End.