Posted 2020-11-17, evaluated by the judges panel

Newcomer Tikaal (Corentin Rahil) makes a memorable debut with this downright joyous explosion of new-meets-old genre-bending rock/pop/chip, arranging several themes from Gold:

"Hello! I'd like to submit a song to you guys.

Pokémon Gen 2 was one of my first video games and what got me into music. Ecruteak/Cianwood's theme is a very nostalgic track to me and always stirs me a bit, haha.

I wanted to see what it would look like after I remixed it in my style, 15 years after playing the game for the first time, hence the title: "Past Meets Present." The title is also a nod the city description of Ecruteak City which reads: "A Historical City Where the Past Meets the Present." It also has references to Azalea/Blackthorn city themes, National Park, and the main theme from the series.

Hope you'll like it! :) Thank you."

Corentin's style is extravagant, energetic, emotive, & most of all FUN with a capital F - judges kept mentioning this, and I wholeheartedly concur. The first minute or so is half-tempo and absolutely enjoyable in its own right as a 17-bit slow-jam, but it segues seamlessly into the double-tempo, buoyant bonanza of beats it ends up sticking with, throwing some spunky electric guitar in & eventually channeling legitimately epic levels of POSITIVE VIBES. Seriously hard to listen to this without feeling at least a TINY spark of... something... and of course I'm tappin' right along; reminds me of some of the more exuberant j-pop anthems of anime yesteryear. Helluva first mix/entrance, and Emunator was feeling it:

"This reminds me of UV Sir J in the absolute best way. I thought I had this arrangement pegged from the first minute, but you managed to throw something unexpected in at every turn, and I couldn't help but smile as I listened through and heard everything you had to offer! I always found the original Ecruteak theme to be somewhat melancholy, but this amplified a level of playfulness I didn't know was there! The vocal harmonies at 1:15 were a standout moment, and I can't go through a vote without mentioning that kickassguitar solo that follows. The rest of the arrangement retreads many of the same ideas, but never in a way that overstays its welcome, and finds a lot of ways to keep it fresh til the very end through additional layering and some clever cameos."

Yes to ALL of that; could have written it myself, except Wes did so I don't have to, which is better. "Fun" is accurate but "playful" is indeed more specific; there's a compositional touch here that knows just how to transition & to fit high-energy puzzle pieces together in a continuous stream, and it's quite the ride. Rexy adds:

"The choice of sound palette is also very charming - starts with dry percussion and synths, then evolves with richer textures, significant guitar/keyboard articulations, and attention to fun effects when necessary. The live vocals have a pristine recording quality, as do the guitars, and no part is interfering with another in the mixdown."

Bev did proceed to echo other judges' comments regarding the mastering being a touch hot & the dynamics a wee flat, but not as a dealbreaker, especially relative to the agile, effusive arrangement. Maybe a lighter hand on the dials next time, but I'm definitely looking forward to it, since so many things are clicking & working so well here - truly hoping to feature Tikaal's work again soon; fantastic stuff!



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Sources Arranged (3 Songs)

Primary Game:
Pokémon Gold Version (Nintendo, 1999, GBC)
Music by Go Ichinose, Junichi Masuda
"Azalea Town"
"Ecruteak City"
"National Park"

Tags (13)

EDM, Pop, Rock
Energetic, Epic, Happy
Chiptune, Electric Guitar, Electronic, Singing, Synth
Time > Tempo: Fast
Time > Tempo: Variable

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