ReMix: Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest "Beneath the Canopy"
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- Game: Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (Nintendo, 1995, SNES)
- ReMixer(s): Fishy
- Composer(s): David Wise
- Song(s): "Forest Interlude (Web Woods)"
- Posted: 2010-03-15, evaluated by djpretzel
- Album: Featured on Donkey Kong Country 2: Serious Monkey Business
- Terms (BETA): acoustic-guitar electric-guitar mellow rock
The Donkey Kong Country 2: Serious Monkey Business flood continues! We're doing four tonight and four more tomorrow, so stay sharp! Fishy always delivers, and just keeps getting better; this mix of 'Forest Interlude' (which Protricity covered in his excellent 'Forest Birdcussion' mix) is a great arrangement that really captures a feeling of serenity and wonderment... it's more than a little Pink Floyd, channeling DSOTM, and that can only ever be a good thing. Wes writes:
"As its namesake might suggest, one can imagine walking beneath a forest for a stroll in the fall while listening to this song. "Beneath the Canopy" is a great example of a rock ballad that evokes imagery that one can recognize even without knowing the song name, a testament to the well done atmosphere that Fishy delicately pieced together. Here we have an introduction that is reminiscent of Cirque du Soleil with the ethereal soundscape, that gives way to the sweet tone of Fishy's lead guitar, complete with slow drumming & background synth to help accentuate the gentle but tense mood."
"Gotta love Fishy. This man knows not just how to play an electric guitar, but how to use one in a mix. While it's not the shredfest I suspect many people will be hoping for when they see Fishy's name, this mix certainly does justice to the original track."
Back on XMark's Sonic 2 ReMix I mentioned that I'd love to see more guitar-centric pieces that aren't metal, specifically because there's a lot of genres that often employ the instrument that don't get enough love. I specifically mentioned classic rock as an umbrella genre that needs further exploration, and a mix like this was EXACTLY what I had in mind. To me, Floyd are just as relevant now as they were back then, and I think Fishy's really explored how their approach could lend itself well to ReMixing, and chosen an excellent, appropriate source track to work with. The melow, warmly humming synths and mellow, soaring guitar leads take me back to the first time I heard tracks like 'Us & Them' or 'Breathe' - I don't know if it was intentional on Cain's part, but he's certainly made me happy with what I consider to be a superb melding of Wise's excellent source tune with the style of one of the greatest classic/progressive rock bands ever. And guess what? Wise, Cain, and Pink Floyd are all British. So mad props to the Union Jack, God Save the Queen, and enjoy this very most excellent mix!
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