ReMix: Secret of Mana "An Angel's Wish for the Forest"
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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!
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