Video Game Music of the Week - 163
Downstream, Lullaby Set, Undercurrent
Cheryl Ann Fulton
Braid released in 2008 for the Xbox 360 via Xbox Live Arcade, and later came to other systems. The game was a personalised critique on the state of contemporary video games by its creator and designer Jonathan Blow and the game itself received worldwide critical acclaim.
Unlike many games, the complete set of music in Braid is licensed. Downstream plays during the initial levels in the game and was originally released on the album Music Of Waters by Shira Kammen and Swan.
This track was also originally done by Shira Kammen and Swan, and can be found on the album Wild Wood. The song has an emphasis on two main instruments, being the Piano and Violin. It is a soft song with some Celtic themes.
Undercurrent moves along a tad faster than some of the other songs, but still keeps the atmosphere from previous tunes found in the game. It plays during the end of the game, near its most revealing revelation.
Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.