ReMix: Mega Man Zero 4 'resolut(-ion)'

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Mega Man X: Maverick RisingMega Man Zero 4

melody had a pretty hot year on OCR, too... he started off in January with a sleepy-beautiful mellow Link's Awakening jam, then there was some excellent attention to beats in his track off the Wild Arms album, then his first & excellent Nujabes-inspired Maverick Rising cut, and now this bonus track, also from the Mega Man X Series mega-album, with a more upbeat, jazz/pop instrumental vibe & a distinctly syncopated drum groove.

"with this arrangement, i sought to singularize the multi-faceted gem that is "esperanto." the original seems to take on the narrative voice of zero; his response to the oppression and genocide that run rampant in rockman zero's dystopian reality. he awakens from stasis to mere traces of the world he fought to protect in the past, and the song speaks of his noble decision to ultimately press onward in the face of insurmountable odds. an old war hero against the backdrop of a crumbling world, one gets the sense that he truly understands the futility of war and there are overtones of finality as he resolves to make the ultimate sacrifice to propagate his ideals."

Really nice electric guitar takes over for the initial piano, and the drums have this shimmy to them that keeps things interesting throughout; this is a little less reflective or introspective than some of Peter's other work and a little more focused on having fun & jamming out. Both are viable & legit paths that produce great music, and it's cool to be able to switch between 'em. The bass line is funky here; it seems panned a little far to the left for my taste, but there's a lot of attention paid to the types of riffs you'd tend to hear on a fretless, and overall I'm loving what it brings to the arrangement. The kick drum here has a LOT of impact, with an R&B feel to it, I love the slice-and-dice transition at 2'05" that accompanies the repeated guitar riff, and overall the attention to detail is superb. His stuff tends to be a little heavier on the funk ingredients, but Joshua Morse definitely comes to mind listening to this mix, which I'd always take as a compliment. I really love how the simple beauty of that intro - which could go in any direction, really - is echoed by the piano later on. An excellent bonus track on MR, which just shows how much amazing music it contains, and an arrangement that really shows more of what the artist is capable, expanding into some exquisitely-crafted, upbeat jazz/rock territory with style to spare.

djpretzel

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WesternZypher
on 2012-12-22 13:48:33
Love stuff like this, it's great chillaxed listening anytime.
Crulex
on 2012-12-21 14:00:57
Ah, yes! I've always loved Area Zero's music, and I was so glad to hear such a good ReMix of it on the Maverick Rising album. I do enjoy that piano, keeping the melody of the source intact, while branching out with a more poppy jazz style for the rest of mix. And that electric guitar is SO good. Mega Man Zero is the series of the Mega Man games that always seem to get passed over for Mega Man and Mega Man X music, so it's great to see one on the front page again and hopefully other "Zero" songs will follow in the future.
purplecowadoom
on 2012-12-19 00:42:54
A good, conservative take on the song.
Now go make a Mega Man Zero album. I see people saying there's too much Mega Man when nobody made any of the best Mega Man Zero series songs. This does not amuse.
SuperiorX
on 2012-12-18 21:02:43
I'm such a big fan of melody's jazz hybrid style. I love how all the textures mesh together in this piece, between the piano, the electric guitar, and the bass. Really great song and of my favorite stand-outs from Maverick Rising. Nice!
djpretzel
on 2012-12-18 16:37:50
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