ReMix: Kingdom Hearts "Cymbals and Screams" 3:33

By Got Item!, Jacob Martinez

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Arranging the music of 2 songs...

"Dearly Beloved", "Simple and Clean"

Primary Game: Kingdom Hearts (Square, 2002, PS2), music by Hikaru Utada, Yoko Shimomura

Posted 2018-03-13, evaluated by the judges panel

Screamo metal meets chiptune meets Kingdom Hearts? Yep, with an intuitive mix title, to boot, from newcomers Got Item! (Steven Dunn) & Jacob Martinez. One thing that makes running OCR continually fun & rewarding is featuring music from so many different genres; it's broadened my personal horizons, I think it reflects the comparable diversity to be found within the world of VGM, and while it can polarize some listeners, it can bring others in & can open some minds in the process. "Simple and Clean" is such an iconic, bubbly track, so the juxtaposition/context here is rather fun, playing the melody & lyrics (wayyyy) against type with a tortured, aggressive aesthetic. The artist writes:

"Hello! This is my first time ever submitting to OC ReMix. My name's Steven, but my project is called Got Item! Got Item! is a Nintendocore/post-hardcore project where almost everything that I release is original. However, I plan on releasing a few remixes of some video game OSTs. For this first one, I had a close friend from another band help me out, Jacob Martinez from The Brotherhood of Ellipsis. For the people who enjoy metal and a bit of scream vocals in their musical library, I'm for them!"

It still makes me happy that "Nintendocore" is a thing, even if it might not be MY thing, at least on most days. If I was feeling particularly aggro but wanted a familiar, upbeat melody at the SAME TIME, this would be a strong candidate. Chimpazilla writes:

"I find this neither simple nor clean, but that's beside the point! The arrangement is conservative enough that I have no issue with source. The synth leads all sound a bit loud compared to the rest of everything, they stick out just a little. The screamo vocals are a bit pushed into the background by comparison to the synths, but I'll be honest, I'm glad. The looooow guitars and drums are performed and mixed well. Damn this track is relentless. How do you still have a voice left over after performing these vocals? This isn't my genre for sure, but I can't find much fault with this, screamo-heads will enjoy this just fine. I love the bit of Dearly Beloved in the outro."

This one's from a while back, so we've also got thoughts from Clem:

"Bold sound choices here. Mixing retro game synths with heavy guitars and screamed vocals is tricky. You've got solid djent riffs and good vox. There is overcompression, guitars overtaking the mix. Sometimes, the dry synth patches clash with recorded elements. Just takes a little EQ. I like the simple approach to synth design. The melodic/harmonic stuff from the sources comes across with the heavy style. Fans will dig it..."

I like this genre FOR this source; there's the obvious paradox between it being a sweet, pop tune/lyric that's been taken through a musical meat grinder, sure, but I think the actual melody also happens to lend itself to the repurposing rather well. I'll certainly never think of "Simple and Clean" the same way again - kudos to Steven & Jacob for an assertive, unorthodox take on a modern VGM classic!



Latest 4 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Ronald Poe
on 2018-03-18 12:23:47

I love Kingdom Hearts series more than anything and it's soundtrack is amazing. I think this remix did the original "Simple and Clean" justice while doing its own thing. The mixture of chiptunes and screamo/metal is lovely. Good job overall and I hope more KH remixes will come in the future ..

on 2018-03-14 23:10:08

I dunno, I think the balance was fine, but instead I had a hard time understanding the vocals... I think the surrounding instrumentation was solid though.

on 2018-03-14 00:00:52

I am 100% behind this effort! Holy CRUDMUFFINS, this remixer went out there on a limb and CRUSHED it. Honestly, I find the crazy juxtaposition of the chiptunes and screamed vocals to be a really wild experience - and doubly so with the choice of source! This song really adjusts as it goes along too. I hope people give something so outside the norm a fair shot, because damn, this is an impressive concoction in both the idea and the delivery!

Thanks to the remixer for such an effort!

P.S. Really appreciated the lyrics clarification - I'm not so well versed on that type of metal that I can pick that all out. :)

on 2018-03-13 11:56:36

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Sources Arranged (2 Songs)

Primary Game:
Kingdom Hearts (Square, 2002, PS2)
Music by Hikaru Utada, Yoko Shimomura
"Dearly Beloved"
"Simple and Clean"

Tags (8)

Aggressive, Angry
Chiptune, Electric Guitar, Screaming, Vocals: Male
Lyrics > Lyrics: Existing

File Information

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You're giving me too many things.
Lately, you're all I need.
You smiled at me and said,

"Don't get me wrong, I love you,
but does that mean I have to meet your father?"
When we are older, you'll understand what I meant
when I said, "No, I don't think life is quite that simple."

When you walk away, you won't hear me say,
"Please, oh, baby, don't go."
Simple and clean is the way that you're making me feel tonight.
It's hard to let it go.

The daily things that keep us all busy
are confusing me.
That's when you came to me and said,

"Wish I could prove I love you,
but does that mean I have to walk on water?"
When we are older, you'll understand it's enough when I say so
and maybe some things are that simple.


Hold me.
Whatever lies beyond this morning is a little later on.
Regardless of warnings, the future doesn't scare me at all.
Nothing's like before.

Nothing's like before.


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