By Michael Fontanini / October 6th, 2017
Materia Collective has revealed Ode to the Lovers, a new album that pays tribute to the great love themes of gaming. The various video game love themes on the album are performed by The Travelers VGM in a European folk style. This is their second full-length album, and includes 10 love songs from games like The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, UNDERTALE, and Threads of Fate. Ode to the Lovers is fully licensed and the tracks were arranged by Ian Martyn, Josh Barron, and Masha Lepire.
“To bring about these warm, fuzzy feelings we decided to create nostalgic, heartwarming sounds. I decided to re-arrange ‘Troian Beauty’ from Final Fantasy IV to accommodate lyrics, written and performed by Julie Sakalys, and add accordion and viola to the mix. Additionally, I arranged ‘Song of Time’ from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for viola and guitar duet.”
Here’s a music video showing off the Song of Time (from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time) track from the album:
The track list for the Ode to the Lovers album contains 10 tracks in all:
01. Suteki Da Ne (Tavern Mix) (Final Fantasy X)02. Snowy/The Star Above the Garter/Out on the Ocean (UNDERTALE)03. Troian Beauty (Vocal Version) (Final Fantasy IV)04. Threads of Fate (Threads of Fate)05. Seal of the Wind (Final Fantasy X-2)06. Aria de Mezzo Carrattere/McKenna’s Ceildh/Trip to Casmalia (Final Fantasy VI)07. Theme of Love/Winnie Hayes/The Legend of Lisalway/Delight (Final Fantasy IV)08. Simple and Clean (Kingdom Hearts)09. Song of Time (The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time)10. Home (UNDERTALE)
About The Travelers VGM
The Travelers VGM cover game music favorites and obscure selections in folk arrangements of various styles from Celtic, Nordic, Slavic, Spanish, and even Asian traditions. Their membership includes players of a broad variety of instruments from many different parts of the world.
For those who love Yasunori Mitsuda’s Millennial Fair and his Xenogears CREIDalbum, you will be treated to something that embraces the source yet presents something fresh in a live acoustic setting. Featuring members from the Materia Collective, Triforce Quartet, and Tetrimino, The Travelers are a supergroup of some of the most passionate performers and arrangers seeking to bring a unique acoustic experience unlike anything before. Since their inception, The Travelers VGM have released two major album releases (The Travelers and Ode to the Lovers), three EPs (Winterhearth, Prelude to a Fantasy, and Aontacht), contributed tracks to Patient Corgi’s Tribute Album 64, Materia Collective’s SPIRA: Music from Final Fantasy X Besaid Mix, and created an arrangement for Obsidian Entertainment in tribute toPillars of Eternity.
About Materia Collective
Materia Collective is a Seattle-based videogame music publisher and label, representing an international array of renowned video game musicians, composers, and songwriters. The collective supports its members with the financial, legal, logistical, and creative aspects of bringing videogame music into the forefront. The company has become known within the industry as a representation of highly innovative game music endeavors that move and inspire.
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