Music Monday – Sound the track!

It’s hard to talk about music without focusing on the anime to some degree. For talking about opening and closing themes, often these tracks weren’t created for the series (sometimes they are), but were selected because they somehow meshed with what the anime wanted to evoke. In many cases they work well, sometimes they maybe don’t.

However, today we have full rein to talk about the anime, because we are talking about the OSTs, or in particular a couple of them (just so that you aren’t too overloaded at once), that are always tailor-made for the anime series. This post comes at the behest of Mr Allan Wu, our current treasurer here at Anime@UTS. I haven’t written a post like this in a while, but that is not to say I don’t like doing so!

No matter how I look at it, Shinrei Tantei Yakumo (the last time I wrote about an OST) will probably always be my favourite OST (bias bias), but to look at why and why I picked the following tracks below, we have to look at what makes a good OST. Of course, this would be different for everyone, but for me a good OST will conjure nostalgic feelings towards a series. At the same time though, the music will also constitute good listening by having variety and depth to it – I’m not likely to enjoy a series’ OST that is all just suspenseful noises pushed together into tracks. Not that I’m saying anyone does that (right?).

I don’t know who has watched UN-GO, but I personally really enjoyed that series and the tracks in it were quite compelling. The above song is ‘Light‘ by Narasaki, and plays each time Shinjurou solves a case. It also has the most plays of this OST in my iTunes. It reminds me of Spanish guitar music, which is an instrument I don’t see used that often and hence the first element of interest. Overall the song gives me a sense of both intrigue, triumph and elation of discovery (yet at the same time also a crushing sense given how Shinjurou’s cases work out – watch the series!), and has the kind of depth to make the song an interesting listen to even by itself.

Considering the number of uploads of tracks from the OST on YouTube, people seem to agree with me on this track since I wasn’t able to find the second track I wanted to put up. A shame, but means there’s space to cover more! For those interested though, great band cover of the OP.

On a completely different level, we head over to Fate/Zero which has often been hailed to have great music, and I don’t disagree. This kind of music is amazingly energising and inspiring, as well as having a degree of complexity that has me want to pick up piano again and try to play it. By Yuki Kajiura, ‘Let the stars fall down‘ is hailed as part of the best battle OSTs. Do you agree?

I can totally see Saber out amongst the throng of her enemies, just wiping them out cleanly and elegantly right about now!