ReMix: Silent Line: Armored Core 'Morning, Thinker'
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- Game: Silent Line: Armored Core (Agetec Inc., 2003, PS2)
- ReMixer(s): DragonAvenger, Mattias Häggström Gerdt
- Composer(s): Kota Hoshino, Takeshi Yanagawa
- Song(s): Morning, Lemontea, Thinker
- Posted: 2010-09-22, evaluated by djpretzel
- Album: Featured on THE ANSWER ~ Armored Core Tribute Album ~ PREVIEW EDITION
Our first Armored Core ReMix! Giant robots! AnSo! I remember playing the first AC on PS1 way back when, and really dug the style & presentation. I still can't figure out why Bandai could never make a truly great Gundam game, but thankfully AC stepped in and sorta owned the genre. I remember visiting the Battletech Center in Chicago even before that, wondering when something similar would be released for home systems. I think the AC series has done a pretty solid job of making that dream come true, and composer Kota Hoshino has been instrumental (pun intended) in providing the appropriate mood music to get your mecha on. Matthias is a huge fan, and this mix is actually from the Armored Core preview album (s'free, yo) he recently released, titled 'The Answer' - the talented, mac-evangelizing Swede writes:
"As some of you might know, I've been working on my first solo arrange album. Well, almost solo anyway. Being a HUGE fan of Armored Core (games and music), I thought it was about time the series got it's first arrange album. The music of Armored Core, especially that of lead composer Kota Hoshino, always struck me as some of the most unique music I've heard. Not only that, but it works perfectly within the game. From the synthesizer-heavy early soundtracks to the dark mechanical rock rumblings of the latest, Armored Core music deserves some time in the spotlight.
Part of what makes many of Hoshino's tracks unique are the vocals. He pretty much always records himself and, with the help of processing and lovely pseudo-Engrish lyrics, they form the hook of the track. "Thinker" is one of these tracks. Instead of just covering it though, I wanted to take it in another direction so I fused it with the more electronic "Morning, Lemontea" from AC: Silent Line. Together, these created an upbeat track, but left me room to even show I can ram a little plastic thing against strings. And the vocals, oh dear, the vocals. Since I can't sing at all, the lovely DragonAvenger recorded the wonderful lyrics and left me to obliterate them with various effects and Propellerhead Record's new Neptune device. And I must say, the result makes me smile pretty much every time.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I did making it. Be sure to check out the preview album AND look forward to the final album when it hits in December. While the main release will be at Comiket 79, chances are you'll see it somewhere closer than you think... :)"
In speaking with AnSo, it is very clear that he is quite proud of the Japan Points™ he earned by having something released at Comiket, but it *is* actually pretty cool... What's more important is that Armored Core has had some great music, and he's done great things with it. His love of the material shines through in his words above, but all the moreso in his arrangement, which features the vocal stylings of fellow judge Deia. I'm glad AnSo played it legit and had DA rock some vocals for this track, as it really does make for a unique, memorable experience. The authentically awkward English lyrics, the fantastic blend of rock and electronica, the pulsating energy & sheer verve of this mix pushes it forward with singular momentum; even for AnSo, this is over-the-top, and I'm loving every second of it. Deia "Drastic Baby" Vengen writes:
"I am still amazed that Mattias was able to so much with me recording the singing line practically one time. It was fun recreating the Japanese-English lyrics, and took me no more than 20 minutes total on my end. I love what he did with the overall song, which is really catchy to listen to. Everyone I have had listen to the song loves it!"
I think some folks might not warm to the specific vocal style, for whatever reason, but I think it totally works, and wouldn't have it any other way. This is fresh, totally distinct, and exciting stuff, showing AnSo's versatility & creativity while also paying tribute to a great series it's wonderful to finally have represented on OC ReMix. Check out the free 5-track preview album for more great stuff, and keep your eyes & ears out for the full album - I'm definitely psyched!
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