Posted on April 22 2015 by Jon Lett
Notable game-based record company Scarlet Moon Records will soon be releasing their newest album, Prescription For Sleep: Game Music Lullabies Volume II, a sequel to their popular album released about a year ago of the same name. There will be several remixed versions of the relaxing tunes from many classic games, including Majora’s Mask‘s Oath to Order, which we now have a short snippet of!
Hit the jump for the music preview, as well as some bits from the album’s press release.
Oath to Order arrangement preview:
Game Music for Sleep Returns with
Prescription For Sleep: Game Music Lullabies Volume II
Dreamy game music selections from Final Fantasy, Skyrim, and more
performed live by Metal Gear Solid composer Norihiko Hibino
Scarlet Moon Records is thrilled to announce the follow-up to 2014’s acclaimed music lullaby album with Prescription For Sleep: Game Music Lullabies Volume II. Gaming’s greatest melodies have once again been arranged to sooth and relax, performed live by Gental Love, which featured saxophonist Norihiko Hibino (Metal Gear Solid and Bayonetta series composer) and pianist AYAKI. The album is fully licenced and will be released on LOUDR and other digital retailers on April 27, 2015.
Prescription For Sleep: Game Music Lullabies Volume II will include music from classic titles such as Final Fantasy, The Elder Scrolls, and Duck Tales franchises, as well as from new fan-favorites. The goal with this volume was to include music that wasn’t originally conductive to sleep and present it in a way to not only surprise and delight listeners, but to hopefully lull them into a state of relaxation.
The full track list will be unveiled leading up to the April 27, 2015 release date, but currently, “The Streets of Whiterun” from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and “The Moon” from Duck Tales have been announced.
For those who want to get their hands on both Volume I and Volume II at the same time, a special promotion will be in place to include GENTLE LOVE’s arrangement from Korean MMORPG Monarch: Heroes of a New Age Arrangements & Variations album titled “GENTLE OBLIVION” as a free bonus when purchasing both volumes together on LOUDR.
The album’s digital booklet has a quote from GENTLE LOVE, saying:
“This time we focused on inner peace, and tried to avoid channeling emotions that we may have been feeling before the recording session. We weren’t trying to make it fun and exciting this time, but rather, we focused on using our God-given abilities to act as his instrument and guide us through each piece.”
Noting on Oath to Order, Jayson Napolitano, the producer, said:
“I believe this song is about 20 seconds long in the game, rendered as a terrible synthesized vocal when completing key dungeons. However, my love for this piece stems from the absolutely incredible Majora’s Mask Orchestrations album which turns the track into a several-minute-long epic with powerful strings and organ.
The piece has a lot of meaning for me personally. I admit I wasn’t a huge fan of the game, so my feelings toward the track stem from the track title. I tend to give the piece a listen when facing difficult decisions or ethical dilemmas. ‘Why not make a lullaby version of this track so I can hear it every day and be reminded of the important decisions I’ve made or need to make?’ Doesn’t sound very relaxing, does it? Leave it to GENTLE LOVE to make it work.”
As can be seen, unlike the first Volume, which was comprised of arranged versions of already peaceful tracks, GENTLE LOVE put their hearts and souls into making some true classics that were of many different genres into their own style of lullabies, showing off their powers of creativity and innovation.
I must say, I am intrigued. I’ve listened to the last Prescription for Sleep album, and I appreciated the further arrangements of already incredibly relaxing tunes, but this should be cool; hearing totally different styles of songs remade into lullabies. I especially am excited to hear the tracks of arranged tunes from Shovel Knight and Metal Gear Solid 3.
Make sure to check out Scarlet Moon’s website for updates, and new upcoming tracks leading up to April 27th, and let us know your thoughts on them!
Are you excited for this new album? Would you like to see more of Scarlet Moon’s labelled albums? Leave a comment below!
Big thanks to Ethan Hunt for catching us this story!