Posted 2010-10-23, evaluated by djpretzel
My good friend, the Super Mario Bros. 2 Underground BGM! It's been too long! You were last ReMixed way back in 2002, and then what? Not a word. No phone calls, no emails, not even a Tweet. And now you show up at my door and expect to just walk right in, as if nothing had happened? I thought what we shared was real, that the inner beauty of our inter-noun Man/BGM love was built to last, not some recurring tryst made for cheap hotels and awkward pre-dawn walks of shame. I'm married now, and I won't have your homewrecking hooks and catchy refrains jeopardizing our bliss...
Ah shit, I can't stay mad at you. Vurez writes:
"I originally made this track around 2006, but I recently went back and fixed it up a bit. I was inspired by McVaffe's cool take on this theme, however, I wanted to make my version a little more ethnic sounding. Some of the main instruments include sitars, duduks, middle eastern fiddle, saz, and tablas."
That's quite the sordid assortment of Middle Eastern mayhem, from an instrumentation perspective, but it's in good hands with Don, who's shown he can master all manner of multicultural motifs with aplomb. Though short, this mix dresses the source up to the nines and makes it the believable soundtrack to a dusty, side-street bazaar, transporting Mario into a universe that sounds more like Prince of Persia. Speaking of, I finally saw the PoP movie, and it wasn't half bad - I guess the bar for video game movies has been set low enough that my expectations were quite measured, but I rather enjoyed it.
Though I can see this arrangement being dreamlike, to me it's more of a fever dream than anything "melancholy," as the title suggests; I can feel the heat waves rise up from the serpentine, hypnotizing rhythms and ephemeral melodic textures. Vurez always creates great atmospheres, but also never skimps on the melody & harmony (aka "the notes"), which I love - great treatment of a classic source, which makes me want the big N to resuscitate the unique Doki Doki Panic gameplay mechanics for an updated incarnation on the DS, 3DS, or Wii sometime soon... and have music like this.
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Sitar, Strings, Woodwinds
- Regional > Indian
Regional > Middle Eastern
Regional > World
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