ReMix: Secret of Mana "Thick Jams" 3:15

By Kylok

Arranging the music of 2 songs...

"Did You See the Ocean?", "Into the Thick of It"

Primary Game: Secret of Mana (Square, 1993, SNES), music by Hiroki Kikuta

Posted 2016-08-31, evaluated by the judges panel

MOAR MANA!! Newcomer Kylok (Kyle Okaly) debuts with this very unique, folk-rock arrangement of Secret of Mana with an eclectic cast of instruments that results in something altogether unexpected:

"Long-time listener, first-time submitter here. I've been a fan of Hiroki Kikuta's work on Secret of Mana for a long time, and I finally decided to give this "Into the Thick of It" remix a shot. I thought it might be fun to turn this quick/airy/light overworld theme into a slower groove with a bunch of acoustic instruments, and I ended up with a pretty weird combo: guitars, ukuleles, saxes, vocals, trombones, drumset/shaker/claps, and an alto flute solo to mirror the lead in "Did You See the Ocean?" Thanks for listening!"

What a (spectacularly) peculiar way to debut on OCR! We don't get many like this, that's for sure, and the alto flute solo alone is pretty singular... bring in saxes, trombones, ukulele, and a production aesthetic that almost sounds like a Tom Waits instrumental, and you've got something that's pretty neat & works surprisingly well. Jivemaster writes:

"Crisp mixing and lovely open high end comes to mind when I heard the first few seconds of this mix. Because of the highs, there is lots of perceived clarity here (dare I say almost too much). The odd thing that struck me was the distinct lack of low end in this mix - almost like the bass player didn't show up to the recording session. I thought perhaps some bass would show up later to fill things out after the intro but it never showed. The mix of acoustic and what sounds like sampled drums works well for me and overall, the instrument choices complement each other in a weird way that somehow works."

This mix is decidedly NOT all about that bass, 'bout that bass, as Joel points out, but it didn't bother me... the sampled drums certainly do stand out as being synthetic among a wide palette of instruments which clearly aren't, but it provides a nice textural contrast. Nutritious adds:

"While the arrangement follows pretty closely to the OST in terms of structure and melody, there are loads of supporting parts and additive personalization throughout. Jive makes a good point about lack of low end instruments, but honestly this doesn't bother me. To me, that, combined with the somewhat murky mixing quality and loose performances give this whole thing a 60's/70's-live-recorded vibe to me and I love it."

Me too! These sources work well with this approach; I found myself getting into the jam and focusing on foreground and accompanying parts alike, and just having so many disaparate & rich textures going on makes it a very fun listen. Interesting isolated/heartbeat ending; I like it. I'm very glad Kyle made the transition from listener to submitter, as this is a distinct, surprising mix I think a lot of folks will dig, and I'd love to hear more in the same vein. The jams, they are thick!



Latest 6 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2016-09-16 08:36:41

There can never be too many mixes of this awesome song. The acoustics add a lot to this. Great work!

on 2016-09-07 23:58:37

I love acoustic remixes; this one is fantastic!

on 2016-09-06 01:21:41

Oh man, I was listening to this as I was reading the writeup and I was like "Damn, I've nailed my thoughts on this one already!" only for Joel to ruin it by calling it out. But it must be mentioned: it's literally like you invited a bunch of 1960's era musicians and whoever showed up were the ones who got to go ahead with the mix, and it comes together on sheer feel and movement in a glorious harmony of happiness. It's a roving band walking through the grasses on a sunlit day and all the monsters are many levels below you.
Great, unique feel!

on 2016-09-04 13:30:29

lovely!! have always wanted to hear this tune done in that twangy style. :)

on 2016-09-01 12:21:32

The source tunes already have a jammy 60's feel to their titles, this is a nice interpretation. miroir.gif

on 2016-08-31 05:43:29

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Sources Arranged (2 Songs)

Primary Game:
Secret of Mana (Square, 1993, SNES)
Music by Hiroki Kikuta
"Did You See the Ocean?"
"Into the Thick of It"

Tags (11)

Funky, Quirky
Acoustic Guitar, Flute, Saxophone, Singing, Trombone, Ukulele, Vocals: Female
Production > Live Instruments

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