ReMix: Armored Core 4 "Goodbye, Thinker"
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- Game: Armored Core 4 (Sega, 2007, XB360)
- ReMixer(s): Jillian Aversa, Mattias Häggström Gerdt
- Composer(s): Kota Hoshino
- Song(s): "Thinker"
- Posted: 2011-01-10, evaluated by djpretzel
- Album: Featured on THE ANSWER - Armored Core Tribute Album -
- Terms (BETA): collab electric-guitar lyrics-existing rock singing tempo-slow vocals-female
As the day draws to a close, you'll recall that we posted 'Morning, Thinker' back in September of last year, which seems like only yesterday, and so what better way to come full circle & close out the debut album mixflood than with 'Goodbye, Thinker'. It makes sense, see, because first we greeted Thinker, and now we're saying farewell... to Thinker.
Once people get past THE ANSWER not being a Zelda, Mega Man, Mario, or Final Fantasy album, and give it a try, I think they'll really appreciate the vision & artistry Mattias has achieved; it's something of a magnum opus, and while that may take more than 24 or 48 hours to sink in, each and every one of you who are interested in ALL VGM - not just the huge, shiny franchises - owe it to yourselves to download this. It is superlative, it is a fantastic homage, and it represents some of the best work from a ReMixer who's poured his heart & soul into each mix he's crafted, time and again.
Of this AC4 mix, and also the overall emphasis with the album, Mattias writes:
"I started out with Thinker and I'm gonna end it with Thinker. I took an entirely different approach to the tracks and vocals compared to Morning, Thinker. Some kind of strange combination of world music instrumentation and heavy, almost shoegaze-ish rock, what vocalist would work better than Jillian Aversa? Nobody, that's who.
I sent Jill the track and the (amazing!) lyrics and asked her to record it pretty much how she liked and add whatever. She sent me back a goddamn amazing, dynamic vocal performance full of little additions and improvisations. As a contrast to the processed madness of all other tracks, the clean, beautiful vocals worked incredibly well. My arrangement really is secondary to them, make no mistake. In a way that was also the goal. Kota Hoshino's vocal tracks are really quite unique in game music and to have them spotlighted front and center like this really is amazing to me. So many times have I listened to Thinker that it fills me with a sense of nostalgia and melancholy joy to hear the familiar lyrics like this.
But I'm rambling... Here's the last track from THE ANSWER. I hope you like it and, even more so, I hope you enjoy the complete album! The Armored Core-series is not the most popular series of games, it's not well-known and the music has never been the biggest draw. Still there are many that, like me, completely adore the games and music. We buy every game, know every track by heart and Kota Hoshino is someone we mention every time when talking about game music. THE ANSWER is for these people like me. THE ANSWER is also for From Software and Kota Hoshino.
But beyond that, THE ANSWER is for all of you who really have no clue about the ravens, Line Ark, how to build the fastest AC, how to defeat White Glint or Nine-Ball Seraph. You who didn't get nostalgic when playing the Revolution part of Armored Core: Nexus, who haven't tried to figured out the vocals for Remember, who doesn't tear up when hearing 'Someone is Always Moving on the Surface' and who doesn't miss 'Shape Memory Alloys' on the newer soundtracks.
Hopefully this album will open the door and introduce you."
Beautifully said; I could talk about the mix, which is the third of three great ones, but instead I'll just thank Mattias for opening the door for me, personally. That may sound a little Jesus, but hey, if spreading the free good news about VGM is wrong, I don't wanna be right.
Thank you, Thinker!
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