Video Game Music of the Week - 330
Hyper Light Drifter (Various)
Vignette: Panacea, The Winding Ridge, The Water Shelf
Hyper Light Drifter is a stylised game that takes much inspiration from 8-bit and 16-bit games. The game was launched through Kickstarter with an initial funding level of $27,000US, but received over $600,000 before being officially funded. The games soundtrack was done by Disasterpeace, who has worked on many games including Gunhouse and FEZ.
This theme begins with a piano introduction, and continues as a piano theme until the vibrato synth appears in a very surprising manner. It's a sound that is found throughout the game often which gives it its unique feel. It is essentially the same theme as the song, simply titled Panacea, but that version does not feature the games synth sound.
The Winding Ridge
Hyper Light Drifter's Soundtrack is often very subdued and focuses on delivering a very atmospheric theme. The Winding Ridge begins this way, but there is a very gradual, yet powerful build-up in the track that escalates into a great musical climax. Its a great piece to listen to from start to finish.
The Water Shelf
This theme also features a gradual build-up, but not in the same way as the previous track. It begins with some very pronounced synth sections, which evolve into more fuller melodies as the song progresses.
This track is a boss theme and as such, it is one of the more intense tracks in the game. It's a really memorable theme as it jumps around to different segments of music. working well the 'frog' design of the boss.
The main sound in this theme is the very wavy synth that creates a distorted and dream-like feel. It works extremely well with the games visual design and colour schemes. Both the games visuals and sound melt together to create a game that feels like nothing else.
Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.