The video gaming community has seemingly adopted the crowd-funding platform KickStarter as its exclusive launching pad. Sure, films, novels, and various arts and crafts projects succeed with the service, but we tend to think of it as a place where exciting indie games are born. How fitting is it then that the most successful musical KickStarter campaign belongs to a band known for its gaming soundtracks?
We’ve talked about Anamanaguchi here before. Robert is a huge fan of their Scott Pilgrim OST, just as I occasionally reminisce about their contributions to the Bit.Trip Runner soundtrack. It goes without saying that we dig their retro chiptune sound and energetic compositions.
But the New York quartet didn’t raise $190,000 just to score the work that someone else envisioned. The set out to make a sprawling, 22-track album called “Endless Fantasy.” The results are finally available and it appears that the money was worth it. If you didn’t get in on the original fundraiser, don’t panic. The whole thing is available on iTunes for the low price of $10.
So, now you have the backstory and a means by which to acquire said tunes. That should be enough for most fans of solid chiptunes, but what about more casual music listeners who don’t know what to expect? You could start with “Planet” (above), which is a good representation of the band’s cores style–that is, making retro songs with hacked Nintendo Entertainment Systems and Game Boys. For the more adventurous, take a listen to “Prom Night,” a rare Anamanaguchi track that indulges in (Gasp!) human vocals. Bianca Raquel provides the lyrical skill to capture the naive nostalgia of adolescence, conveniently leaving out all of the acute stress and awkward fumbling that a prom actually entails.
Of course, the album’s magnum opus is “Meow,” a silly and cacophonous piece that even warranted its own (equally bizarre) music video. The song is as catchy as it is goofy, but you don’t need me to tell you that. Just experience it for yourself.
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