ReMix: Final Fantasy IV "In the Land of Dwarves"
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- Game: Final Fantasy IV (Square, 1991, SNES)
- ReMixer(s): ilp0
- Composer(s): Nobuo Uematsu
- Song(s): "Giott, the King of Dwarves"
- Posted: 2009-07-21, evaluated by djpretzel
- Album: Featured on Final Fantasy IV: Echoes of Betrayal, Light of Redemption
- Terms (BETA): electric-guitar jazz quirky rock saxophone
It's always a little goofy to release a big, diverse album like Echoes and immediately see some folks (who probably haven't even listened to it yet) already complaining that it's "all techno"... I honestly don't know what that's all about, but it just ain't, and that's that. Here to reinforce this apparently difficult-to-grasp reality is ilp0, with a really creative, atmospheric piece that blends rock, march, jazz, and funk into a crazy, dwarfish jam. It's almost every genre EXCEPT techno, for crying out loud, but it essentially transcends genre, playfully capitalizing on Ilari's multi-instrumentalism, crunchy/smooth production, and occasionally Steely Dan-ish arrangement style. ilp0's stuff is always musically fascinating to me, playful and flowing and always packing a bundle of surprises, but he's gone one step further here and really embraced the context, holding nothing back and pouring out ideas into an imaginative, four-minute wonderland. "Imaginative" really is the right word... taken by itself, it doesn't convey the talent and execution that ilp0 brings to the table on each and every mix he does, but to blend tribal drums and gritty, film noir sax soloing with thromping, wah-guitar dwarf rock/funk takes a certain type of brain. ilp0 has that brain; OA writes:
"This was one of the first tracks completed on the project that really opened my eyes to how a strong arrangement and great performances can take a source song that I normally wouldn't like, and completely transform my perception of it. Hearing the finished version of this was a milestone that made everyone involved in the project start to realize that we had something special going on. One of the most visually evocative instrumental tracks on the album, I found it impossible to not imagine the tanks of the dwarfs when I listened to this, but instead of being cold machines of war, they were more like crazy-yet-deadly steampunk contraptions, with whirring gears, pipes and release valves, all lead by a madcap king. ilp0 always brings something awesome to his mixes, but with this one, he really outdid himself."
Not much else to say, really: amazing, visionary stuff.
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