Pocket Mine Soundtrack

pocketmine Album Title:
Pocket Mine Soundtrack
Record Label:
Bandcamp
Catalog No.:
N/A
Release Date:
July 24, 2013
Purchase:
Download at Bandcamp

Overview

Big Giant Circles’ Pocket Mine is a celebration of the Game Boy’s vintage sounds, mixing chiptunes and other electronic elements to maximum effect. The six-track soundtrack for the title was released for 4 USD on Bandcamp last year.

Body

“Pocket Mine Menu” sets the scene appropriately with a cheerfully prancing and marching rhythm that sounds like it was taken straight from the title screen of a 1993 Game Boy platformer.

“That Diamond Smile” and “Inverted Vertigo” are both joyous adrenaline rushes that keep bouncing memorable, soaring melodies off enthusiastic arpeggios with absolute abandon. Once again, they demonstrate the soundtrack is impeccable in both its composition and implementation.

Big Giant Circles’ melodic gifts are equally on display on the closing tracks “What’s Pocket Mine is Pocket Yours” and “Tally Up the Loot”, likely the game’s credits and high score cues – more laid back and anthemic, capping off the adventure as satisfyingly as one could hope for.

Summary

The Pocket Mine soundtrack is the best kind of homage — both respectful and looking at ways to bring its classic inspirations to new life. This is Big Giant Circles’ best original score album yet.

Pocket Mine Soundtrack Simon Elchlepp

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4.5


Posted on September 19, 2014 by Simon Elchlepp. Last modified on September 19, 2014.

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About the Author

A former German film student now living in Melbourne, Australia and working at the University of Melbourne's Architecture faculty - and a passionate music lover with an eclectic taste. Specialising in Western game music, I'm here to dig out the best scores Western video games have produced in the last thirty years.



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