Sean Schafianski is no stranger to us here at RPGFan, and we’re always excited whenever he releases any new music. I’m especially in love with his NieR series arrangements, from the ‘Jazz Arrange’ albums from 2013 and 2014, right through to last year’s Chamber Works -NieR Automata–. So imagine my delight when Scarlet Moon announced that a new NieR tribute album, produced and arranged by Schafianski, is out now!
Released in anticipation of 2021’s NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… Transience: A NieR Synthwave Tribute aims to be very different from Schafianski’s previous albums, embracing the electronic sounds and synths of the 1980s, while combining them with his signature mellow saxophone and smooth jazz style. Check out the teaser video below:
While this is the first time Schafianski has jumped into synthwave, it’s clear to me that the haunting and ethereal sounds from the game have translated to the ’80s music aesthetic. The full track list for the EP is below, and all five tracks are personal favourites of mine from the original soundtrack:
- The Wretched Automatons
- The Prestigious Mask
- The Ultimate Weapon
If you want to listen to the album in full—and you should, if you like any of Sean Schafianski’s previous work, or NieR music, or ’80s music, or just music—then you can, as the EP is out now on Spotify and Apple Music! And that’s exactly what I’m going to do, so excuse me while I listen to absolutely nothing else until the NieR Replicant remake comes out.
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