After enjoying the epicness that is Ghost of Tsushima, I noticed that it has a remixed soundtrack available so here are my thoughts.
If you've been to Video Chums before, you likely know me as an avid gamer. However, you may not know that I'm a dedicated music enthusiast as well. Specifically, I love underground music of all kinds with progressive DJ mixes being my primary obsession. I do love other genres of music, though, such as psychedelic rock, acid house, shoegaze, and all kinds of jazz. With that in mind; you can imagine my level of curiosity when I saw the tracklisting for Sound of the Storm. Each remixer on this EP brings something special to it and none of it is radio-friendly rubbish. It really is surprising how it maintains an underground sound from start to finish and I'm very impressed with what it has to offer. In fact, my only complaint is that I wish the individual tracks were longer as I'd love to use them more effectively in my DJ sets. Anyway, allow me to provide my thoughts via a track-by-track breakdown.
Saikuron (The Glitch Mob Remix) 5:07
This leading track is undeniably the most accessible one here. Composed by Shigeru Umebayashi, The Glitch Mob incorporates their IDM style effortlessly to escalate the epic orchestral arrangement to a broken beat-driven soundscape with some psychedelic elements. The echoing shamisen plucks provide a very hearty layer to the chaos and the crescendo acts as a wonderful payoff halfway through. Plus, the drum and bass portion near the end is a suitable stretch before the conclusion. Overall, it's a solid track that I thoroughly enjoy.
Bishido (Alessandro Cortini Re-Work) 4:19
Alessandro Cortini is most widely known as a multi-instrumentalist in the industrial band Nine Inch Nails but I know him more for his production work with the new wave synth-pop group Ladytron. In this Shigeru Umebayashi piece, Alessandro slowly builds an atmospheric tone with a subtle bassline, sparse echoing keyboard notes, and feedback effects only to have it drop off thus letting a subdued dark beat take over. This arrangement is soon joined by an escalating low-frequency synthesizer and understated strings with heavy feedback to make a lush and layered track. It's masterfully produced and my hat is off to Alessandro for putting this together so brilliantly.
Ghost of Kodoku (Tycho Remix) 5:29
Tycho is actually the only remixer on this EP that I'm not already familiar with. From what I gather, he's a lo-fi ambient artist who has a post-rock band of the same name. Anyway, Ghost of Kodoku is composed by Ilan Eshkeri and Shigeru Umebayashi and Tycho begins his version of it with an abrupt shamisen intro which gradually transforms with the help of echoing spoken words and a brief build-up. The resulting atmospheric keyboards and bass riffs are quite chill and the beat that kicks in makes for a fitting backbone. It's the most upbeat track here and it's very well crafted, too. I'll have to keep an ear out for more Tycho tunes!
The Ghost Burns (TOKiMONSTA Remix) 4:00
I became acquainted with TOKiMONSTA thanks to her brilliant remix of Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto's 1964 Latin jazz tune Corcovado via Verve's The First Ladies Remixed compilation. In her take on this Ilan Eshkeri composition, she begins with a bubbling bassline and accompanying piano which are soon joined by a gorgeous vocal and taiko beats. This then continues with a more sweeping bassline and prominent percussion which provide a clear and determined sound. As the track continues, it remains consistent yet builds an inspiring mood that fits Ghost of Tsushima's narrative and atmosphere perfectly. In the end, this is by far the highlight of this compilation.
Thank you for reading my thoughts on Sound of the Storm - Ghost of Tsushima Soundtrack: Reimagined. It really is a must-have collection of remixes that's well-suited for music lovers and fans of the game alike. Have you listened to this EP yet? What do you think of these remixes? Let's chat in the comments section below!