Posted 2009-07-23, evaluated by djpretzel
Pot Hocket's work on Voices really stood out and added something unique to that album, and I was glad when I saw he was going to be involved with Echoes as well. I think it's fair to compare his contributions on both of OCR's FF albums, because they're both slow, they're both acoustic guitar, and they're both gorgeous, personal, emotional arrangements/performances. OA writes:
"Probably the most intimate and delicate song in the collection, once I heard Michael was interested in recording, I couldn't imagine it done by anyone else. Beautiful and expressive, this duet is the perfect way to symbolize the love between Cecil and Rosa."
This is an expansive, interpretive arrangement that is more impressionistic at some times than others; you'll have no problem spotting the source at the beginning and about halfway in, but a lot of what Michael's done involves taking the melody and reworking it over the same progression, filling out a complete 4'13" performance with variation and deviation. It's definitely on the liberal side of things, but everything feels cohesive and whole, and the overall piece as Andrew mentions really embraces the narrative context. It's beautiful and relaxing, but it also develops, with 2'58" getting faster and more firmly articulated relative to the softer passages.
It's worth mentioning that Higher Plain Music posted a full review of Echoes and, more recently, follow-up mini-interviews with many of the artists involved - very interesting read(s)! As our debut flood concludes and I take a look at just these eight FF4 mixes alone, I'm damn proud of what this community has accomplished, yet again. Yet this is just the tip of the iceberg - a diverse, beautiful, badass tip, but still the tip. Once you're done relaxing and reminiscing to Michael's track, explore the rest of the album over at http://ff4.ocremix.org, and be sure to let the artists know what you think. I applaud Pot, OA, and everyone who was involved with this project for producing an album that exceeded my already high expectations; it keeps getting better with each listen, pays awesome homage to Nobuo Uematsu and FF4, and should be as timeless as the game and music that inspired it.
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