Chiaki Takahashi – Key to Tomorrow

 

Review by · December 31, 2010

Has the world turned upside down? I’m listening to Chiaki Takahashi’s vocal single for an MMORPG called “Key of Avalon Online,” and it’s written by Hitoshi Sakimoto. Wait… Sakimoto? Harp-glissando-loving, Ivalice universe composer, Sakimoto? Writing vocal music? You better believe it!

The two tracks on this single are beautiful. Basically, it’s classic Sakimoto-style music (FF Tactics, Stella Deus, etc) with a female soprano singing in a wispy, light-hearted kind of way. The first song is a little more “epic” and moody, while the second piece is more light and adventurous (think Rabanastre or Penelo’s Theme from FFXII). I have to say, I’m pretty impressed. And now I want Sakimoto to work on more vocal projects. Female vocals go great with harps and orchestra bells, not to mention full string ensembles.

Whether or not this MMORPG will have an OST release, and whether or not it will be any good, I can vouch for this vocal single. I enjoyed it and hope to hear more like it from Sakimoto in the future. Also, if you don’t like the vocals, the instrumental tracks are fantastic because they sound just like the high quality OST music we’ve been hearing from Sakimoto for years now.

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Patrick Gann

Patrick Gann

Therapist by day and gamer by night, Patrick has been offering semi-coherent ramblings about game music to RPGFan since its beginnings. From symphonic arrangements to rock bands to old-school synth OSTs, Patrick keeps the VGM pumping in his home, to the amusement and/or annoyance of his large family of humans and guinea pigs.