It has been quite some time since I have dedicated a post to music and I feel rather guilty about it because all I do all day is listen to music. Time to change all that. With the 30 Day Anime Challenge in full swing, I have been reminded about several original scores that I simply adored often times listening to my favorite tracks while writing about their respective series.
I had just finished a post and allowed YouTube to journey off in the realm of suggestion videos. During this period of discovery, I found this by Project Destati. For those who do not know, Project Destati is a team of arrangers, orchestrators, and performers who have an undeniable passion for Kingdom Hearts. Individually, they loved the music of the games so much that they performed in their free time. However, when they came together, they decided to take these memorable songs as we knew them and reimagine them for all their love for them
Being inspired by other groups that have reorchestrated classical video game music such as Zelda Reorchestrated and Pokemon Reorchestrated, they set out to make something that would transform our favorite songs into new experiences.
What we got was pure magic.
I first discovered this group when they came out with their first album, Awakening back in 2013. The music there was completely magical. Hearing their version of Sinister Sunburn and Destati gave me chills. I hadn’t play Kingdom Hearts at that point for years and their songs transported me right back in my old bedroom. Their attention to detail and the way they reinvigorated these classic songs showcase their understanding of what made these songs so emotion invoking. They even combined some songs with hints of others, making each song a treat to listen to just to see what was underneath the surface. It was so satisfying to hear and name some of the tracks and often times, I found myself grinning when I did.
Their next album was the pinnacle of music to me, especially when it came to the score of Kingdom Hearts. Every song felt like I just heard it for the first time. Beautiful cadences that I could enjoy everywhere. If you took my advice, you should be able to hear it too. Listening to this in the car, I managed to get people who hadn’t even play the game ask about the music, complimenting the songs.
My favorite tracks in no particular order are:
- Introduction: It Began with a Letter
- Dearly Beloved
- Hollow Bastion (My favorite track of the original game.)
- Working Together
And that is not to sleep on the rest of the soundtrack. All the songs are truly re-imagined masterpieces. Some of which I wish they would use in the game if they were ever to receive the remastered treatment.
Four years later, they return to follow up on Light with Darkness. Though I wasn’t following them closely, I know that album widely anticipated. I just discovered the album a few days ago and I haven’t stop listening to the scores.
So far, I have been listening to these tracks on repeat for the last week
- No More Bugs
- Night of Fate
- Passion (Piano Duet) The piano and the violin is my favorite two instruments to listen to.
- At Dusk, I Will Think of You
- Cavern of Remembrance
- Critical Drive
- Darkness of the Unknown
If you are a fan of the series and enjoy the music or if you are into orchestrated arrangements, this album should spoil you rotten. I highly recommend this album. I think I am horrible at describing things so I never feel like my words are doing justice when I am trying to convey how good something is to me but please, there so much more here than remastered songs. They pick up right where they left off and I will make the argument that this is even better than their previous albums. These songs stand on their own against the counterparts that inspired them. Each song was treated so such tenderness that you will find yourself in memories of the game that you would have sworn you had forgotten. That statement applies to their previous work as well.
Kristin Naigus, David Russell, Sebastian Wolff, and all those involved with creating them works of art, thank you for giving us these majestic albums. These are true masterpieces and I know Tetsuya Nomura and others would be proud of.
Until the next post…