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Composed by Tetsuo Ishikawa / Yoshifumi Iio / Yoshiyuki Sahashi
Arranged by Tetsuo Ishikawa / Yoshifumi Iio / Yoshiyuki Sahashi
Published by SME Visual Works
Catalog number SVWC-7142
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 CD - 36 tracks
Release date August 21, 2002
Duration 01:05:46
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Overview

Following the cult success of the Popolocrois series on the PlayStation, Sony Computer Entertainment took the series to the PlayStation 2 on Popolocrois: A New Departure. While the game did not necessarily improve on its predecessors overall, it did enjoy a considerable boost in terms of graphical and audio presentation thanks to the more liberating hardware. The soundtrack proved particularly likeable with its organic flavour and humorous feel.

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Following the disappointment of Popolocrois Story II's soundtrack, the returning team on Popolocrois: A New Departure thankfully restore the series' creative flavour on the original compositions. For instance, "Popolo Plains ~ Day" is a surprising blend of Celtic and Latin instrumentation, complete with catchy steel drum solos, while its nighttime variation is filled with all sorts of twilight sound effects and zany interruptions. Other twists on familiar formats include "Morning of the Travel" with its streamed soprano saxophone lead, "Dragon Shrine" with its Morricone-influenced flute work, and "Once upon a time" with its intimate small ensemble performance.

The composer team further establish continuity with the original Popolocrois Story with a number of inspired arrangements. At the very start of the soundtrack, the classic themes for "Popolocrois Castle" and "Popolocrois Castle Town" receive arrangements. Both interpretations stay rather close to their originals, but enhance them with higher quality implementation. Yoshiyuki Sahashi personally performs the acoustic guitar parts, which are central to both themes, and this ensures the tracks are both expressive and realistic. The arrangement of "Takinen Village" is somewhat more fleshed-out with its lovely and nostalgic blends of country instruments.

There are also some fascinating approaches to the stereotypically darker themes on RPGs. Those who appreciate excellent ambient soundscaping will enjoy Yoshifumi Iio's tracks used to represent the four sacred regions in the game. They each maintain a degree of continuity with the more light-hearted setting themes, while adding a range of dark and spiritual elements. Tetsuo Ishikawa's "Battle I" and "Battle II" maintain the series' reputation for having utterly silly battle themes, but are styled in such a way that they aren't complete misfits out of context. There are darker variations on this format to represent Phantonesia, the King of the Everlasting Darkness, and Yazumi, in each case blending tuned percussion work with foreboding electronic beats.

The soundtrack ends with the most mature vocal theme in the series to date, "The Door of the Eye". The vocalist marhy lives up to her reputation with a deep yet understated performance that blends vocal stylings inspired by the schools of jazz and pop. The acoustic guitar-based instrumentation projects the vocalist's voice while adding an element of continuity with the in-game tracks. However, the latter half of the composition is more elaborate with some exuberant use of backing singers, children's choir, and even an electric guitar. The resultant track is an ethereal delight that proved so popular that it also received a vocal single release.

Summary

At last, listeners receive a soundtrack in the Popolocrois series that combines inspired and elaborate compositions with high quality production values. This soundtrack is certainly the most impressive in the series, building on the thematic and stylistic foundations of the original game, while offering creative new directions. Overall, a recommended listening experience.



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Music Producers: Toshihiro Cho (長俊広) (Soytzer Music), Tetsuo Ishikawa

Composition/Arrangement:
    Tetsuo Ishikawa: 1, 8, 9, 15~21, 25, 27, 31
    Yoshiyuki Sahashi: 2~4, 7, 10, 12, 22~24, 26, 28, 32, 34, 36
    Yoshifumi Iio: 5, 6, 11, 13, 14, 29, 30, 33, 35

Guitar: Yoshiyuki Sahashi
Woodwinds: Takuo Yamamoto

The Door of the Eye (ED theme)
    Composition/Arrangement: Yoshiyuki Sahashi
    Vocals: marhy
    Lyrics: Saeko Nishio
    Chorus: DownTown Boys and Girls Choir (DownTown少年少女合唱団): Marie, Mutsumi, Shotaro, Akito

Mixing: Yoshifumi Iio
Mastering Engineer: Toshiya Horiuchi (堀内寿哉) (Sony Music Entertainment)
Album was composed by Tetsuo Ishikawa / Yoshifumi Iio / Yoshiyuki Sahashi and was released on August 21, 2002. Soundtrack consists of 36 tracks tracks with duration over more than hour. Album was released by SME Visual Works.

CD 1

1
Prologue
00:57
2
Popolocrois Castle
01:14
3
Popolocrois Castle Lower Town
01:11
4
Takinen Village
03:05
5
Popolo Plains ~ Day
02:03
6
Popolo Plains ~ Night
02:17
7
Dragon Shrine
01:40
8
Sacred Region of Wind
01:46
9
Sacred Region of Flame
01:19
10
Sacred Region of Water
01:41
11
Flownel Forest
01:25
12
Frozen Sea
01:37
13
Darkness Castle Lower Town
01:22
14
Sacred Region of Darkness
01:40
15
Battle I
01:04
16
Battle II
01:14
17
Battle ~ Phantonesia
01:37
18
Huge Rival
01:36
19
Aproaching Shadow
01:34
20
Ghost of Darkness
02:11
21
King of the Everlasting Darkness
01:39
22
Morning of the Travel
01:39
23
Once upon a time
01:32
24
Mother's Easyness
02:17
25
Small Tears
01:55
26
The Door of the Eye (Instrumental Arrange)
02:57
27
Sadness
02:24
28
Courage
01:58
29
Tension
01:52
30
Hidamari
01:12
31
Accident
02:11
32
Friendship
01:30
33
Mystery
02:31
34
Comical
01:15
35
Yazumi's Theme
01:59
36
The Door of the Eye
04:22
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