Iam8bit have been pushing the envelope for gaming and game soundtracks for a while now. Here they collaborate with ustwo games to get the music from the very successful Monument Valley II to vinyl. The score is as vibrant and charming as the game itself - Todd Baker, who has also made music for the Littlebigplanet series, comes up with more than two-dozen nuggets of indietronica-flavoured goodness. Comes in a lovely vinyl package too.
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Here’s the thing those cowards who write Black Mirror didn’t tell you about phones: you can play Monument Valley on them. The cult classic that got lots of people trying to figure out what the word isometric meant, this minimalist opus offered gorgeous little puzzle words for the player to involve themselves in, treating them to the simple satisfaction of pathfinding. The sequel received a soundtrack from one Todd Baker, a composer intent on capturing the melancholy movements of the game’s architecture.
It’s a pretty collection that could easily stand on its own as another entry in your downtempo collection. Utilising ambient textures, twinkling toy box sounds and spindling guitars, Baker’s soundtrack stands alone as a fine LP of folktronica, neither overbearing nor wallpaper. Pieces like “Ro In The Valley” are multi-faceted and seem to build an emotional journey for the game to inhabit, the wind instrument melodies mingling with devastating bass.
Using gamelan for absent-minded rhythms that are picked up and then put down, he evokes lonely, damp day moods on “Gamelan Rain Melody”, lending seasons to the structures designed for the game. Without Baker there’d be none of the tranquility that made Monument Valley such a gem, but his soundtrack also exists in its own space, a little melodic friend for you to dream on with at home.
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