Old school scene mixer Tim Sheehy returns! His last mix was way back in '04, but now he's back in action with our first Animal Crossing ReMix, which joins Harmony's F-Zero opus as our second comeback mix of 2008. Tim writes:
"The arrangement was done in 2004/2005. Some instruments were re-sampled and it was re-recorded with slight changes to the mix, specifically with OCR in mind. The faces are different, the attitudes are different and it's time I showed some love. Let's hope it stays that way."
In the paraphrased words of 80's rockers The Outfield, we don't wanna lose your love... tonight. Good to see Kaijin back on OCR, with an arrangement that takes more liberties than some of his older stuff, but still has the same polished instrumentalism and sweet production he earned his reputation for around these parts. Shariq says it well:
"Chorused piano makes it sound like a pop version of "Walt Disney Pictures Presents: Animal Crossing: The Movie." I'm waiting for Peabo Bryson to start singing. This is a good thing. High strings sound a little shrill when coming in, but it all fits with the style and they settle into the soundscape nicely as the song progresses. Nice texture throughout, really laid back. Great harmonica stuff near the end!"
Definitely rocking out the 80's era DX7 FM pure tine EP on that intro; Mr. Sword was on the money with the Disney refs, as my brain literally sang to itself, "I can show you the world..." during the intro. Deep kick and R+B style drums pair up well with softer, balladesque timbres. I see DS's note about the strings, but they make sense, and the harmonica stuff indeed brings the heat. It's basically everything you'd love about Kaijin's arrangements, but with a little more modern sheen and expansive arrangement, which means good things. Vinnie did an arrangement breakdown in the judges decision thread that you should read, and capped his decision off with the following:
"As far as the arrangement, I definitely got the early 90's ballad vibe. Aladdin and Vanessa Williams. You did a great job recreating the sound, and there's a lot of detail in the parts. I love the little counter-melodies and trills, and the closing harmonica, while clearly fake, suited the song well. They did that sort of thing in the 90's. Production was lush and clear, and the instruments have nice tones. The programming of the instruments was quite human. All in all, it was very slick work and it deserves to be heard."
And heard it shall be. I imagine there were more than a couple folks out there waiting for an AC ReMix, and this sugary-sweet rendition makes for an excellent resurrection for Kaijin, who captures a specific sound and era rather perfectly. We missed posting this on Valentine's Day (my bad), but if you've got Vday-related weekend plans, work this mix in for when you dim the lights, pour the wine, and whisper sweet nothings. Pretty.
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Sources Arranged (2 Songs)
- Primary Game:
Animal Crossing (Nintendo, 2001, GCN)
Music by Kazumi Totaka, Kenta Nagata, Shinobu Nagata, Toru Minegishi
- Synth, Woodwinds
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- Size: 3,729,408 bytes
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