Posted 2016-01-21, evaluated by djpretzel
Well, we're supposed to be getting two feet of snow tomorrow here in the DC area, so that's going to be a lot of shoveling & Netflix bingeing & what not, but it's all good, because we've got this beautiful new string-centric, multi-source Secret of Mana rock arrangement from AeroZ (Sebastian Freij) to keep us warm, featuring live bass & a percolating, haunting accompaniment:
"I'm trying to learn to play the bass and this was a project I wanted to do to challenge myself. The bass was performed live with recorded video. Hope you enjoy it!"
Very cool integration of multiple themes to complete passages, bass sounds wonderful, and the accompaniment is dynamic & interesting while still leaving plenty of room for the strings. Larry Oji lays down an on-point analysis:
"Zeratul's beautiful 'Ice Crystal Fields Forever' was the ReMix that put Hiroki Kikuta's "A Wish..." on the map for me as a VGM fan, so it's wonderful to hear Seb bring coverage of this source back to OCR after nearly a near-15-year drought. :-) Besides the gentle, relaxing treatment of "A Wish..." (are those Seb vocals I'm hearing?!?), the tradeoffs between "What the Forest Taught Me" and "Fear of the Heavens/Angel's Fear" from 1:32-2:04 fit very comfortably in the middle of the arrangement as well. I will say, for this being a project to test Seb's bass skills, I thought he performed well, and was actually surprised to hear that bass work mixed so quietly into the track; the bass writing and performance were solid, so I would have loved for it to be more present in the background and showcase more of the interplay. Other than that minor point, I'm a sucker for all of AeroZ's material; Seven Songs for Seventh Saga remains a masterwork I'd put on par with any professional VGM arrangement album, and a very important milestone for OCR, but it's great to have Seb continuing to contribute his signature brand of acoustic/electronic synergy. I hope Kikuta-san, an OCR fan in his own right, will enjoy this one! :-D"
This is all true; great to see more Secret of Mana, especially of some lesser-arranged selections, and of course Sebastian is a force of nature, with each new mix adding to an arsenal of emotive performances and creative, engaging arrangements. It's awesome to see him expanding his repertoire to include the bass, and this ReMix serves as a convincing & expressive first outing on OCR, hopefully the first of many!
on 2016-01-29 23:11:57
One of my favorite original tracks, which might make you think I'm predisposed to a positive review, but I came in slightly worried and doubtful about how the description would bear out in the sound. I needn't have worried; damn, this song is well done! The interplay of the bass and melody is really impressive if you take the time to listen to it, and this is obviously done by someone with an appreciation for Secret of Mana in general, as the tune is handled reverently but also brought to fun new places. Serious kudos to the artist, particularly since it's the first(?!) time with a new instrument (you would never know it if you weren't told it). I will be checking your website and other work!
on 2016-01-22 08:45:39
Wonderful. Those oriental strings against the pseudosynthetic background really work! Personal preference would suggest a bit more variety in the main percussion, that's just me though. Brilliant use of harmony and well executed use of the source material. A great homage to great music from a great game. Kudos.
on 2016-01-22 00:54:24
Ooooh, this is gorgeous!
on 2016-01-21 19:48:35
This is a pretty nice, and mellow arrangement. Definitely suitable for those down time periods. The production here is great, and I think 3 1/2 minutes is a good length for what this track offers. The only thing I could have done without was the sort of high pitched synth sounds you hear at the very beginning, and lingers throughout. It struck me as a contrast to how the rest of the track was produced, and not a very good one. It isn't a deal breaker for me though, as that calm mood is still carried throughout the entire track. Nice work.
on 2016-01-21 18:19:39
Were in **** has this remix been all my life!!???
Simply amazing!! I agree with RoeTaKa. This could have gone a bit longer, but DAMN for the length it definitely satisfies my craving for a good Secret of Mana remix!! WELL DONE!
on 2016-01-21 18:16:34
This is terrific, I love the groove and the emotion from the cello and vocal together. 2:04 onwards just feels really great, with little things that keep it interesting like at 2:26 with that almost delayed effect to the cello there. This could've easily gone on for as long as 6 minutes for me.
on 2016-01-21 13:16:28
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Sources Arranged (3 Songs)
- Primary Game:
Secret of Mana (Square, 1993, SNES)
Music by Hiroki Kikuta
- "A Wish..."
"Fear of the Heavens"
"What the Forest Taught Me"
- Classical, Rock
- Cello, Electronic, Strings, Synth
- Production > Live Instruments
Time > 4/4 Time Signature
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