Weekly Listening: 6/2-12/2/17

Note– I’ve made it a prerogative as part of this new blog to start recording what I’ve been listening to in the past week/couple of days, as music is often very integral in helping me think or visualise. Also, it helps me keep track of my favourite songs/pieces, and connect them to certain moods- good or bad! 🙂

This past week has been a bit of a rollercoaster in terms of both emotions, and where my interests have been at. Having caved into temptation and bought the Kingdom Hearts 2.8 collection, and loved every nostalgic second of it, I’ve now been listening for hours on end to various soundtracks from several of the games. Holy moly, did I underappreciate the depth and subtly of Yoko Shimomura’s work across the series, from his melancholic reflections for the themes of characters such as Roxas and Aqua, to the impulsive and daunting bouncing tracks for the boss battles. The latter is particularly mashed together wonderfully in The 13th Anthologyfound in Shimomura’s Drammatica album.

If I could only pick one track out of all the of Kingdom Hearts Soundtracks, it would have to be this one. And yeah, I cheated with this, because it’s a culmination of two tracks, but Memória! is a journey that joins the two together so beautifully, clutching at your heart (or lack of it, given this is a Xion orientated piece after all) as it works through the notes, one definitely feels lacking afterwards, if it’s not with the other.

D. x