ReMix: Final Fantasy Legend II "Gift of the MAGI"
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Part ReMix and part Mellotron advertisement, this FFL2 arrangement from Argle blends lower-fi samples against a pleasant, more modern backdrop, for a mellow, lyrical groove that speaks of adventure, challenge, teamwork, triumph, and, well.... Mellotrons. Legacy director Brandon Strader writes:
"I love Argle's music because he always puts in awesome Mellotron sounds, and you really need to use a lot of Mellotron sounds if you want to make really distinct memorable remixes. I wasn't so familiar with FF Legend II, but it has a familiar melody in a weird way, and Argle did a fantastic job remixing the source into such an adventurous, laid back theme full of juicy, juicy Mellotrons. Yep yep, I endorse this product and/or service. 5 out of 5 stars."
Argle (Adam Kirby) continues the gratuitous product placement:
"I am Argle, and Mellotrons are essential for a good OC ReMix. I support this product and/or service. I used the title theme from the 2nd game, but the first game title theme is almost the same. As usual, I have a difficult time describing the genre of this track."
Needless to say, if we were back in the late 1960's, both of these gentlemen would be getting handsome endorsement royalties for such effective (and subtle) marketing. Introing with some cross-panned and reverse-ish tones, "Strawberry Fields" flutes come in with forwardly strings, with a regular-fi drum loop & harp entering @ 0'32". It's actually a fun mental activity just tracking which pieces of the instrumentation are throwback-quality samples and which aren't; Adam gets a lot of mileage out of everything employed, both retro and otherwise. The sequencing is a little more spartan, but this actually reminds me somewhat of Ziwtra's work, independent of the fact that Youngjin has paid a lot of attention to the FF GB games along with partner-in-crime BGC - a similar use of mixed-fidelity samples for contrast & depth, coupled with strong arrangement. In this case, the Mellotron is really its own "thing" and can be seen as either low-fidelity or simply nostalgic, and the patches used are all classics that any connoisseur of the instrument could spot a mile away, but the end result is texturally the same when stripped of historical context, as it will be for many listeners. At any rate, this is an inoffensively mellow & laid-back piece that still musters some gusto & evokes the spirit of adventuring quite well, while also being unapologetically Mellotronic in all things. Great stuff from Argle!
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