ReMix: Pokémon Blue Version "Wet Dreams"
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I'm proud to announce the release of our 41st arrangement album, Pokémon: The Eevee EP!! You can grab the torrent or head on over to eevee.ocremix.org to grab individual tracks, learn more about the album, and help tweet & share the news! Album director Theory of N (Dustin Lagaly) writes:
"The Eevee EP was conceptualized by DarkeSword and, having no time to take on another project, he said he wanted someone else to tackle it. The concept of an album consisting of a track for each Eevee evolution (including the newly announced Sylveon and Eevee him/herself) caught my attention and I absolutely LOVE Pokémon, so I took on the challenge of putting together this album showcasing some of OC ReMix's talent. The remixes themselves are a musical embodiment of each Pokémon's type (aside from Sylveon, whose type was unknown at the time of creation) and are remixes of source tunes from the game in which the Pokémon first debuted. The artists did a FANTASTIC job of accomplishing this on such a short deadline (the album was 90% complete within a month) and everyone on the project was really easy to work with. Overall, a very fun project to direct and I'd do it again in a heartbeat. Enjoy the music! :D "
While we've certainly got some larger albums lined up and waiting in the wings - BadAss 2, for one - it's nice to take a quick break and enjoy a shorter, very focused album that primarily features a chiptune/electronica aesthetic but should have something for everyone, even creationists and fans of intelligent design ;) Theming the album around the Eevee evolutions was a nice way to scope things and tie everything together, and I think this EP complements Pokémon: The Missingno Tracks rather well. Up first we've got Phonetic Hero with a nocturnal transmission of percussive, lullabye pop electronica:
"Dustin hit me up for a track shortly after I got to meet him in person back in March (which was a blast, and we got to hang out again in June with a bunch of other OCR dudes in Indy), and I jumped at the opportunity to remix another nostalgic game for me. Vaporeon was my very first Eeveelution and has always been a favorite of mine. For the remix, I wanted to use Seafoam Islands, because that's just good sense, considering Vappy's element. I hope I didn't ruin too many people's childhoods with the rendition in major. Actually, I do, and I hope to hear all about it in the comments, especially on YouTube. Also, I added in segments of Cerulean City, because that's just good sense, considering Vappy's element."
Chirpy, chippy, syncopated stuff from PH, and I really dig the different attack transients brought to the table by a strummed guitar-ish component and the chromatic percussion. Album director Dustin writes:
"Pete blew me away with this one. He told me he had a sort of connection with Vaporeon and it shows, for sure. The transformation of the creepy Seafoam Islands theme into this bubbly, feely-good, water-themed track is astounding and the inclusion of Vaporeon's cry is a nice touch."
Agreed - this is a great minor-to-major conversion that seals the deal with a sweet "galactic lullabye" style that reminds me of Super Mario Galaxy a bit. Great stuff from Pete & a great way to kick off the Eevee release; come out of your caves, start walking erect, enjoy advanced tool use afforded by opposable thumbs, and evolve with nine excellent pokemixes!
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