Sunday, July 7, 2013

Sunday Songs: Balance and Ruin - Tastes Like Victory (Fanfare)

Balance and Ruin came out! That's the Overclocked Remix Final Fantasy VI remix album, and it's really good. It's not taking the "favorite" slot still held by Summoning of Spirits and Voices of the Lifestream, but solidly excellent. Andrew Aversa aka zircon, the album director (along with McVaffe) did an awesome job, and the Kickstarter counts as a resounding success getting music of this quality out there.
This song is a remix of the fanfare when you win a battle, except it's a total inversion of how you'd think a Fanfare remix would go. This is my first exposure to Leitbur, the collaboration of Jaron Widman and Sharron Krzyston, and I'm way into it. They also did On The Run (The Returners), which is also great. More than any other song, this is the one that jumps at me and says "yes, this is something very special."

For some stupid reason, no one's uploaded all of the songs to Youtube. To save my sanity, I'm just going to point you to the album's website, where you can download it. These are the pieces I consider truly noteworthy, though they're all good.

Remember (Awakening)
Polemos (Battle Theme)
Tastes Like Victory (Fanfare
Castles in the Sand (Edgar & Sabin)
On The Run (The Returners)
A Fistful of Nickels (Shadow)
Savage Triumph (Wild West)
Courage, Failure, Rosebud (Under Martial Law)
Train Suplex (Decisive Battle) (This is a Danny Baranowsky track, and it shows, in a good way)
Terra's Resolve (Terra)
Electro de Choco (Techno de Chocobo)
Til We Meet Again (Aria de Mezzo Carattere)
Full Speed Ahead (Setzer)
The Megiddo Brigade (Devil's Lab)
There's Nothing Like Flying (Blackjack) (DDRKirby(ISQ) strikes again! Such a great 9-bit artist)
Illusionary (Another World of Beats)
Meditations on an Apocalypse (Catastrophe)
Event Horizon (The Day After)
13th Floor Demonstration (The Magic House)
The Endless Stair (Fanatics)
Demon, Fiend & Goddess (Dancing Mad) (Dancing Mad is one of the most important FF6 tracks, and I wouldn't have it by anyone but zircon and Sixto Sounds)
Humble Beginnings, Great Expectations (The Prelude) (It's hard to keep this song fresh in every FF album, seeing as they've done FF1, 4, 5, and 7, but they pulled it off again)
Bass of the Returners (The Returners) (woah, bLiNd! Been a while since I've seen him)
Savage Dance (Wild West)
Strange World (Another World of Beasts) (This is quite different from WillRock's usual material)

End Recording,