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Kevin’s Music Reviews: Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne 2004, PS2

Kevin’s Music Reviews: Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne 2004, PS2

Though far from gaming’s most cherished soundtrack, Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne isn’t one that should be ignored. However, that just might be exactly the problem. In a genre reigned by the compositional genius and thematic excellence of masterminds such as Nobuo Uematsu, the soundtrack’s possibly most unfortunate circumstance is that it belongs to a JRPG. […]

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Kevin’s Music Reviews: Sawa – Welcome to Sa-World

Kevin’s Music Reviews: Sawa – Welcome to Sa-World

Sawa isn’t like most Japanese electropop idols. Instead of swimming in cutesy appeal and gaudy theatrics, she likes to go snapping pictures of ghosts in haunted mansions and go golfing with giraffes. She wore a ducky neck pillow on her head in one photo. She’s a little bit more Kyary than she is Perfume, living […]

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Kevin’s Music Reviews: Sonic Coaster Pop – Super Miracle Circuit

Kevin’s Music Reviews: Sonic Coaster Pop – Super Miracle Circuit

Now here’s a love-or-hate album. As if cutesy, energized Japanese electro-pop (ala Perfume and Capsule) wasn’t love-or-hate enough, Super Miracle Circuit is, kind of like that Xzibit meme, something that’s loved or hated in a genre that is itself, well, loved or hated (yo dawg..) All of this amounts to what’s invariably a niche listen, […]

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Kevin’s Music Reviews: 新しいデラックスライフ (New Life DeLuxe)

Kevin’s Music Reviews: 新しいデラックスライフ (New Life DeLuxe)

Here is a truly bizarre album, especially taken out of the context of its genre. I had trouble finding this album for obvious reasons – for one thing I can’t type in Japanese, and my only exposure to this album at the time was though a “vaporwave essentials” image, which of course I can’t copy […]

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Kevin’s Music Review: PS1 Soundtrack – Revelations: Persona

Kevin’s Music Review: PS1 Soundtrack – Revelations: Persona

In an era where JRPGs were still a genre of D&D motifs and high-fantasy as far as western gamers were concerned, the elusive Shin Megami Tensei franchise was decidedly a departure from what was considered normal. Even more so, when Final Fantasy VII had yet to popularize the genre, one of the few games in […]

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Kevin’s Music Reviews: Uio Loi – Uio Loi

Kevin’s Music Reviews: Uio Loi – Uio Loi

Sitting shyly in the painfully overlooked crevices of ambient electronic hip-hop sits a sharp producer by the name of Kyle Yerhot. He is an enigma with a mind thick and loaded with the arcane craft of dope vibes and an expert in the craft of illusory sound techniques that make foggy contours feel like the […]

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Kevin’s Music Reviews: Lord Mantis – Death Mask

Kevin’s Music Reviews: Lord Mantis – Death Mask

Achieving true filth is no small feat. Oftentimes, attempts at conveying a particularly vile subjects come across as cartoonish, and getting your audience to take you seriously while eschewing the tongue-in-cheek and ironic factor requires a certain amount of tastefulness. It’s also somewhat of a prerequisite for metal acts to wield some amount of dark […]

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Kevin’s Music Reviews: Jet Set Radio (Dreamcast Soundtrack)

Kevin’s Music Reviews: Jet Set Radio (Dreamcast Soundtrack)

Going down the list of its unfortunately small library of games, Sega’s Dreamcast has no shortage of standout soundtracks to brag about. The obvious rhythm games Space Channel 5 and Samba De Amigo are the first that come to mind, but lest we forget Shenmue’s tense traditional Japanese ambiance, Skies of Arcadia boasting some of […]

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Kevin’s Music Reviews: Eternal Sonata (XBOX360/PS3 Soundtrack)

Kevin’s Music Reviews: Eternal Sonata (XBOX360/PS3 Soundtrack)

Even in the exhausted JRPG genre, there wasn’t a game quite like Eternal Sonata. Originally released in 2007 by Tri-Crescendo for the Xbox 360, Eternal Sonata more closely resembles a work of poetry in motion (albeit a cheesy one) than an epic endeavor to save the world. Delving into the subconscious and musings of a […]

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Kevin’s Music Review: Boards of Canada – Music Has the Right to Children

Kevin’s Music Review: Boards of Canada – Music Has the Right to Children

Music Has the Right to Children…the faceless, brooding IDM titan indeed proves this notion truer than most, begetting countless electronic artists over the years, inspiring legions of nostalgic, watercolor-tinged dark horses, who all walk under the same turquoise hexagon sun. Scottish brothers Marcus Eoin and Michael Sandison have always been an elusive pair, both in […]

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