ReMix: Castlevania II: Simon's Quest "Tears of Blood"
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Fourth & final is Joshua Morse with a cut off his recently released EP:
"VLAD is a 4-track EP, blending the sounds of EDM, Chiptunes, Jazz, and vampires to pay tribute to the Castlevania series. Each track was arranged and performed by music composer/producer Joshua Morse and this is his 3rd time covering Castlevania.
My goal with this EP was to take my style into a more electronic realm. Doing this meant taking a more EDM-centered approach to each arrangement while staying true to my Jazz roots; I even threw in some Chiptune and Rock!"
While this is certainly more electronic, I still think the heart & soul of JM's style is readily apparent - and appreciated, to be sure. Larry sums it up nicely:
"Now Joshua MORSE with hotness for the club! Are you serious?!? As serious as a stake through the heart! Everyone should already know that Josh & Castlevania are a match made in hell (OK, heaven, but it's Castlevania!) after hearing his 2009 love note to the series with Sonata of the Damned. He's back on another All Hallow's Eve with VLAD, and his new EP is just a great calling card for the many musical talents that make Josh's music unskippable. Especially with "Tears of Blood", the bass thumps and bumps all day, and Josh is reminding me some of Tepid/Blue Satellite (think "G.E.R.U.D.O.") with his shared ability to add awesome levels of dirtyness and funk to the picture. Pure win."
Plenty of glitching/malfunction FX hit you right out of the gate, taking that familiar CV2 'Bloody Tears' pattern and tricking it out before the melody comes in @ 0'36" during a dentist-drill build into 0'52"; what's readily apparent from this mix is that Morse is taking his full bag of tricks, attention to detail, and tendency to keep you guessing with him as he explores a more electronic sound, and that's a GOOD thing. Plenty of electronic music features all sorts of surprises from a production perspective, but I'm glad Morse has retained the compositional twists & turns that have really helped define his sound, as that's something you hear less of. JM's got a fantastic track on For Everlasting Peace: 25 Years of Mega Man, which you can pick up all 21 tracks of for $9.99 on iTunes & CD Baby, and his VLAD EP is on sale on Bandcamp now for $4 and well worth supporting, too!
That's it for Halloween 2013 - thanks to zircon, DaMonz, bLiNd, & Joshua Morse for making it a memorable smorgasbord of demonically tasty Castlevania goodness! I mean evil!
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