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February 10th, 2015 | Audio Stuff, EarthBound

A while back, yui sent me an e-mail about a set of neat EarthBound remixes made by Cory Johnson:

I was feeling down today so I searched for EarthBound music arrangements and stumbled upon this cool post-rock album that lifted my spirits. Think Sigur Ròs meets EarthBound, it’s incredible!

And here’s the description for the album:

This is a sometimes post-rock, sometimes psychedelic-rock rearrangement of songs from Earthbound (or Mother 2 in Japan). Originally composed by Keiichi Suzuki, Hirokazu “Hip” Tanaka and Hiroshi Kanazu, these songs exhibit a harrowing stress on a young boy coming to age amidst catastrophe.

While the game is known for its quirkiness and humour, it’s also known for its philosophical undertones about the nature of evil, the corruption of power and the loss of innocence. These rearrangements focus more on the latter than the former.

You can check out the music here or below:

Personally, I’m really enjoying the town themes and the home song!


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14 Comments to Post-Rock EarthBound Album

somaticdefilement said on Feb. 10, 2015

EarthBound meets Explosions In The sky.
Some absolutely brilliant moments in this album.
Especially in “Good Morning, Let’s All Face Mr. Sun”.

Doppio said on Feb. 10, 2015

Sounds good but all those “old broadcasting voices” totally ruin the songs…

Giegue said on Feb. 10, 2015

the town themes are definitely the best, but i’m not sure how to feel about all the radio voices. some good, and some… meh

Code-Z said on Feb. 10, 2015

I kind of liked the radio voices but I think they were used a little too much. Overall I liked most of the songs on the album.

Kyosuke said on Feb. 11, 2015

Whoa, so good.

Robb said on Feb. 11, 2015

I actually liked the radio voices,especially in the 3 song.
i could imagine ness telling Paula how it really felt adventuring up in the hills of Onett and Winters.

Esper said on Feb. 11, 2015

Honestly thought the album was meh overall.

MaximTheArchmage said on Feb. 12, 2015

I liked it much more the second time I listened to it, and I knew what to expect. Overall, it’s a very unique, more mature take on EarthBound. I think the radio voices were well chosen, didn’t detract from the music or atmosphere, and helped the album succeed as a narrative.

Owen said on Feb. 14, 2015

I thought the radio voices (Mostly from the original broadcast of H.G Wells’ War of the Worlds) really brought the atmosphere of invasion. I am really enjoying this sound, perhaps in places a bit too rocky; but that’s just my personal opinion.

Joe said on Feb. 14, 2015

Damn! I was just about to start working on a project like this. Literally, I had the idea for a MOTHER post-rock cover album. Maybe I’ll do MOTHER 3….

Cory said on Feb. 15, 2015

Do it anyway, Joe! There’s not enough video game music done in this style, and if the expression is cathartic–screw what other people think. 😀

Mother2fan said on Feb. 19, 2015

I love EarthBound, I love music, and I love this album!! I’m a musician myself, and I’ve thought of writing many MOTHER inspired songs.

yui said on Mar. 1, 2015

I’m so happy it finally made it up here!
Right after submitting it i wanted to add that the town themes I and II were my favorite. I’m glad they seem to be popular. Easily my absolute favorite instrumental arrangements.

DarklingDragon said on Mar. 8, 2015

I’m definitely going to purchase a copy this month. I love what I hear so far.


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