ReMix: Secret of Evermore "Somber Memory"
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Wow... This gorgeous acoustic/instrumental arrangement from Jay (audio fidelity), with Jenny on flute, just blows me away. I've been listening to Jeremy Soule's amazing Skyrim soundtrack for hours on end, while playing the game, and it's really reminding me just how talented & emotive a composer he is. This Secret of Evermore ReMix does his music complete justice, is Jay's best mix to date, and virtually defines the word "expressive" - you've got the perfect, blissful combination of talented musicians & an arrangement that capitalizes on their skills, and everything - every last note - drips with intention, thought, and emotion. Jay writes:
"This piece of music is probably one of my proudest and most affectionate mixes. Ever since I heard the source, I knew I wanted to do it, which is rare, accounting for all the other mixes I've been a part of. I was fortunate to be in the company of such a talented and passionate performer. It'll always be just that to me - a somber memory."
Tabla, shakers, a triangle... lovely acoustic guitar... and a bassline that doesn't just underpin - it participates. And then there's the flute part; it makes me cry. I can't talk intelligently about it. We could go all year and not see another solo with this much raw emotional power - I hope we don't, but I'm just saying, it's that good. As an arrangement, most of the source elements are kept intact & the style remains quite similar, so it's a little on the conservative side, but what's been changed & added completely makes sense and enhances the spirit of the original while elevating the instrumentation to an almost ethereal realm. It's almost like Soule himself rearranged this piece for use in Skyrim, which is saying something. Director OA writes:
"This song is an incredibly moody track with a rich soundscape and excellent instrumental performances. The support of the melody by the guitar and bass has just enough movement to drive the track, and the harmonies are perfect. I was especially impressed by the sense of space and atmosphere; it felt like the track drifted away into some massive void, but never felt empty. A standout track that I feel is one of Jay's best."
"Jay has gotten really good at working with tracks and pulling a very strong emotional feel from them. "Somber Memory" really drives home that feeling of someone staring outside their window on a rainy day and thinking of the past. Jenny's flute playing is wonderfully emotive, and the supporting instruments are perfectly balanced. This track was a pleasure to listen to on the album."
This track conjures more snow than it does rain, for me, but that might be the Skyrim talking... at any rate, this is a great accomplishment, a fantastic tribute to Soule's music, an instrumental masterpiece, and absolutely a highlight of Unsung Heroes!
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