I’ve never listened to a soundtrack from a mobile game. Not outside of playing it anyway. I mean, I have enjoyed the music in games like Dragalia Lost and Final Fantasy Brave Exvius. But I have never bothered to download an album for one of them. Guess I’m just old-fashioned like that. So when I saw a press release for a tribute album to Card of Darkness, I was intrigued. It’s an Apple Arcade game that was released earlier this year. And since I’m an android kind of guy, I have never even heard of it before today.
So imagine my surprise when I see that the original soundtrack for Card of Darkness was created by Stemage. That’s a name with some weight. His credits include work on the Steven Universe soundtrack, multiple video game remix albums, and live-work at events like MAGfest. So the original compositions for Card of Darkness were put together by some real talent.
Then I saw the contributors on the remix album. Takahiro Izutani, Tee Lopes, Keiji Yamagishi, Saori Kobayashi, and the list keeps going. It’s rare to see this much clout on a game’s original soundtrack, much less a tribute album. I have no idea the maneuvering required to get this group of people on one project. But it’s incredible. You can check out a quote from the album’s creative director below.
“This album was a pure joy to handle because the whole thing was wrapped up in a little over a month, and I usually take a year or two to finish a music album. I’ve been a huge fan of Stemage’s work on Metroid Metal for over a decade and I couldn’t be happier with how our tribute album for him turned out. Thanks to the exceptional musicians that we work with, this album is a testament to Brave Wave’s ability for producing remix albums in a unique and timely fashion.” – Brave Wave Creative Director Mohammed Taher.
If you’re interested in Card of Darkness: The Remixes, you can find it for purchase here. It’s priced at $7, which is a steal for a 13-track album with these names attached to it.
Brian Cowan loves playing video games, football, Magic, and pretty much anything else that he can use as an excuse to waste time. When he is not doing the above or working, he is usually writing or reading.