Fridays Are When the Monsters Appear Original Soundtrack

 NCRI0008_OST_jkt.1200x1200-75 Album Title:
Fridays Are When the Monsters Appear Original Soundtrack
Record Label:
noisycroak Records
Catalog No.:
NCRI-0008
Release Date:
March 27, 2013
Purchase:
Buy at Amazon Japan

Overview

The Fridays Are When the Monsters Appear Original Soundtrack is a digital soundtrack release to accompany the Guild 02 Nintendo DS downloadable game. Composed by Hideki Sakamoto,known for his work on the echochrome series, how does it compare to some of his larger scale projects?

Body

The music to Fridays Are When the Monsters Appear is focused on strings, playing to Hideki Sakamoto’s strengths. The main theme is absolutely marvelous, offering a nice marching tone with flowing woodwinds and strings work. It is one of the highlights on the album for sure. This theme does carry over into other tracks, such as “Friday Uneasiness,” which offers a chilling and ethereal interpretation or “Sixth Superb Beauty in the Class,” with its romantic waltz like approach.

In terms of style variety, “Leave Peace in the Neighborhood to Us! Theme of Space Defense Agency” is a march like tune that offers an idea of protection, although it’s quite short and doesn’t develop like some of the other tracks on the album. “Idle Place” offers a nice echochrome style piece with its classical, yet playful, nature. A piano and woodwind driven piece, “I’d Like to Reject Father’s Dreams” has a poignant and reflective atmosphere with a beautiful melody.

The sound isn’t all lighthearted though. “Black Shadow Full of Suspicion” and “Black Shadow Riddled with More Allegations” are both militaristic style tunes with a sense of omen to them. While the former establishes the melody and tone, the latter builds on it making it feel much more oppressive. The action oriented track, “The Monster from Space Appears on Friday,’ serves as the battle theme, and also serves as the longest piece on the album. It has a very chaotic, orchestral sound, although it is a bit on the tamer side for a battle theme against a huge enemy. The woodwind usage is particularly nice, although the brass samples definitely lack punch. Overall, it’s not a bad theme, but is one of the weaker ones on the album.

The ending theme has a much more celebratory and joyous sound focusing more on brass instrumentation this time to signify victory. Lastly, “I’m a Child,” sung by Manami Kiyota and performed by TEKARU, is a playful vocal theme. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it does fit with the tone of the soundtrack.

Summary

The Fridays Are When the Monsters Appear Original Soundtrack isn’t going to reinvent the wheel, but the music presented fits well within the game, ranging from darker pieces to more lighthearted ones. Fans of Hideki Sakamoto’s work will certainly find some tunes to enjoy, but it isn’t one of his more impressive works, although the main theme is superb.

Fridays Are When the Monsters Appear Original Soundtrack Don Kotowski

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3.5


Posted on February 27, 2015 by Don Kotowski. Last modified on March 5, 2015.

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Currently residing in New York, I spend my days working in antibody therapeutics and dedicate some of my spare time in the evening to the vast world of video game music, both reviewing soundtracks as well as maintaining relationships with composers overseas in Europe and in Japan.



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