Dear Chris and listener,
I wholeheartedly accept your invitation to dig up some of the musical gems of my video game past. Back when we didn’t know what was good, what was sophisticated, and what was bad. Back when a single song could be the very anthem of the gods, and when played would manifest an instant high-score. Also, being the work of divine beings, it could never be worn out, even when played 18 times on repeat.
This was a difficult decision for me, as there are definitely several. The Naoto Shibata Project’s Bloody Tears rendition of the Castlevania soundtrack definitely came to mind first. And by all accounts it’s a worthy choice. It’s quick and electrifying, and it can leave you in no other possible mindset than that of fighting your way through the Army of The Night. It’s a track that was shown to me back in my impressionable years, and regardless of how much my music tastes have changed since then, it’s vividly stayed with me since.
In more recent times, an honourary mention has to be given out to Bastion: a game in which the soundtrack and narration can truly be called integral and enriching to the gaming experience on par with the classically core elements like gameplay, graphics, and narrative. Darren Krob made this game a lifetime favourite of mine, and I strongly encourage you to check out the whole game’s soundtrack as it’s pretty much a narrative in itself. It is greatly varied in its used of instruments, tempo, and composition. But for a taste, eat your dessert first, and try the closing track of the OST: Setting Sail Home (End Theme).
And for the closing curtains, I want to take you by the hand and show you the truly magical world of Ori and The Blind Forest. When playing it, it’s hard to tell exactly how, but the game takes you to that secret, vulnerable place you had as a child. The visuals, and pacing of the narrative definitely do their part in getting you there, but I think the music does the lion’s share of the work in making you feel submerged into something so beautiful and vulnerable. I’ll let Gareth Coker’s Ori And The Blind Forest (Main Theme) say the rest.
Our track list:
“Find Me” by Marcus D (Ft. Jun)
“Hide” by FKA Twigs
“I Am Here” by Funky DL
“El Pescador” by Banda Magda
“Empires” by Electric Swing Circus
“Jungle” by Tash Sultana
“Never Knew a Thing (Live)” by Kileza
“Time of Extinction” (소멸의 시간) by Jambinai (잠비나이)
“Hi-Lights” by Savlonic.
“Common Ground” by Kognitif ft. The Mic Jordon
“Believe” by Kenichiro Nishihara ft. Cise Starr
“Gerudo Valley (Metal Version)” by Machinae Supremacy
“Bloody Tears” by Naoto Shibata Project
“Satting Sail Home (End Theme)” by Darren Krob
“Ori and The Blind Forest (Main Theme)” by Gareth Coker