ReMix: Final Fantasy VI 'Forever, Young Rachel'
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Songs for the Cure '11 is now available! Be sure to check it out & donate to support the fight against cancer! Mr. Whelchel writes:
"Forever, Young Rachel" is Poolside's return to ocremix.org to celebrate the release of SONGS FOR THE CURE '11, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society aiming to raise over $10,000. This year's compilation features a metric ton of big names in the video game music community, including several talented remixers from OC ReMix. Minecraft's C418 and Super Meat Boy (and OCR celeb) composer Danny Baranowsky are joined by names like Alexander Brandon (Unreal), djpretzel (OCR founder), Big Giant Circles (Mass Effect 2), A_Rival, Jake Kaufman (virt), Wilbert Roget, II, Joshua Morse, Kunal Majmudar (ktriton), and so many more, I can't even begin to think straight about it. Last year, our compilation raised over $7K and this year we are busting our butts to finally reach that $10K goal. http://cancerdrive.org/donate
As for the song, it was originally written for Poolside's debut album "CHILDREN OF THE SUMMER" (April 1st, 2011), and features special guest David Saulesco (http://saulesco.se - also an indie game composer) who completely blows the performance out of the water. At its core, the song is about two souls that are torn apart by fate and long to return to one another, whatever the cost. Obviously, this mimics the story of a certain treasure hunter, but we were also attempting to portray the feeling of longing that is physically experienced when two people who are truly in love become separated. This bares special truth with the recent events in Japan which have affected so many families and friends."
Josh really outdid himself on the roster for this year's album, and I'm not just saying that cuz I'm on it ;) While this synth-pop FF6 track might be less polished than their superb Super Meat Boy & Final Fantasy VIII ReMixes, the arrangement is still emotive, heavily emphasizing male/female vocals, with some moving lyrics. I liked the vocoded/obscured intro w/ pipe lead, Melinda's oscillating note @ 1'22" (repeated later), the lyrical repetition of "love" at 2'31", & the vocal harmonies throughout. On the other hand, not a huge fan of the key change circa 3'23", the EQ seems to generally lack a bottom end, and the drums might be going for a chippish vibe, but I'd have preferred something with considerably more punch. Ultimately, the arrangement triumphs, the vocal performances have the requisite heart & soul to sell the lyrics, catchy harmonic vocal hooks & male/female tradeoffs stick in your mind long after the song is done, and that's what counts. Production qualms aside, nobody makes mixes like these; Poolside have a distinct sound, and hearing it applied to thoughtful VGM arrangements will never get old. And this is just the tip of the iceberg for an album jam-packed with musical goodness!
- Crulex on October 12, 2012
Thanks for this phenomenal mix!
- Bahamut on December 6, 2011
Crono3of3time;770932 wrote: I realized later in the song that the openings sounded a bit sour because they were designed seemingly for the duet that happens later on. Kind of interesting really. It sounds awkward isolated, yet much better in tandem.
In my opinion, the male vocals are overpowering the female vocals a bit during the chorus; a little more balancing would have been good.
- Martin Penwald on June 13, 2011
- Tanianol on June 8, 2011
- Ian Schmidt on May 9, 2011
Brandon Strader;766707 wrote: 2:25 sounds so much like Sonata Arctica. XD
Still digging this song.
Agree on the Sonata Arctica. I was looking for Tony Kakko's belting. :< :-D
Though, of a differing opinion; the song is okay, but I have a feeling so much could be done to improve it. There is potential, but nothing shines out. The lyrics are gorgeous, the composition is alright, and the singers are good, but it still lends me to wanting something.
Vocals maybe a little dry, and the synth and voice at the beginning just doesn't seem to mesh well. That, and the vocal comes out way too quiet to be heard through my monitors.
I hope I'm being helpful. :grin:
ETA: The more I listen, the more I like it. I still think a bit more work on the vocals would be good, though.
- dotaino on April 17, 2011
I realized later in the song that the openings sounded a bit sour because they were designed seemingly for the duet that happens later on. Kind of interesting really. It sounds awkward isolated, yet much better in tandem.
Hard to forget Locke and Rachel.
- Crono3of3time on April 16, 2011
Still digging this song.
- Brandon Strader on April 2, 2011
Sure enough there are a few instances where the vocals are not 100 percent on note, but this takes nothing away from a good listening experience.
This is a great interpretation of an amazing source tune and shows us crystal clear what a personal note on a remix is all about.
Thumbs up (and kudos for the SFTC project as well, of course)!
- luhny on March 31, 2011
- NegimaSonic on March 30, 2011
I will say this though, thanks to Xarnax for directing me to Shine Tonight in this thread. I really liked it. After listening to it, I agree with Inferno in a sense that Poolside's latest track seems to be missing something.
- SwordBreaker on March 30, 2011
This is still good, though, to tell the truth, it's nowhere near the quality of Poolside's other works. The garbled intro is a bit strange, and the male vocalist (Josh?) doesn't seem to go well with the song until the second half. Of course, Melinda's vocal work is amazing as always, and Poolside once again shows excellent taste in picking songs to remix.
In the end, it's still a decent remix, but it just feels a bit... Unrefined compared to their other works. If I was introducing someone to them, I wouldn't necessarily use this one. But I'm definitely downloading it; ANY Poolside remix is worth that much, at least.
- Inferno232 on March 30, 2011
After a couple listens...it's good, but not up to the high bar they've set for themselves with previous work. The write-up sums up production issues. The arrangement seems rather empty at times, and a bit repetitive. Sounds like the vocals were brought way up front, but that might just be because there's not always a lot under them.
However, the vocals are phenomenal. Josh's style is one of the reasons I was so excited to listen, and Melinda's pipes impressed me. Her tone and interpretation continue to get better with each release. Harmonies are pure, lyrics are genuine (if a little sappy).
Oh, and you can't go wrong with the source. Glad they played it conservative on this one.
- Xarnax42 on March 29, 2011
- Brandon Strader on March 29, 2011
- djpretzel on March 29, 2011