This game has produced a lot of interesting pieces which I have given high points to, but here are a selection that I found to be excellent discoveries and maintains good replayability value to warrant placement on this special list.
*Alcest - Sur l'océan couleur de fer;
sent by Perun in Game 105
A moving piece, with strong guitar presence and great tone, the singer may not be powerful, but is highly emotive in his delivery. Dreamy nature.
*Arco Iris - Canción de cuna para el niño astronauta
; sent by Mustafina in Game 107
Delectable. It has such a classic feel and the singer is so inviting with her tone and really transports you to another dimension. There are so many elements in this song that indicate why the late 1960s and early 1970s was such an explosive time for pop and rock music. It is patient and builds nicely to a climax. Unfortunately it only finished 2nd, but it is a timeless masterpiece.
*PHOX - Slow Motion
; sent by salmon pants. in Game 114
I'll take from my review of this song: "It does sound like slow motion, relaxing track. The nice part is that it is grounded, not trying to do too much. Top marks for dynamic progression (it doesn’t stay on even keel, changes its mood, tempo and volume) which is a very heavy point awarding quality for me. Even extra points for the clarinet appearance to add to the atmosphere."
*BB King - The Thrill Is Gone
; sent by ArturJFC in Game 128
Blues legend, what more can be said? Great delivery.
*Ghost-town DJs - My Boo
; sent by Leif in game 138
It's so retro yet sleek and cool. My review: enjoyable 90s smooth RnB, sounds quite familiar and yet very fresh. Excellent contrast between the lead singer and the backup harmonic vocals. I'm really bopping to it as we speak. Besides, it's so silky smooth and magical, I'm almost tearing up listening to this. Can't beat those smooth lines...
I need you, I want you
To have you, hold you, squeeze you
So I'm going out every weekend
Just to see my Boo again
*Imarhan - Tahabort
; sent by JMG in Game 140
Adorable, middle Eastern gem is as simple as it can be described. What you see from the beginning is what you get when that bass kicks in which much flair! It is so much fun and has a neat 6/8 time sig to jive to. The vocal sounds equally relaxed and self assured.
*Borns - American Money
; sent by (you guessed it) salmon pants in Game 141
It's a very well constructed, captivating and meaty pop song with epic vocals. My review: wait is American Money sung by a guy?
personally it sounds like a 'duet' of male and female. Male falsetto can be subtle but it doesn't sound like that to me (except the 2:40 mark). I love the song that said actually one of the best songs I've heard in this game, and a contemporary pop track as well!
I also had the pleasure of describing salmon pants. overall musical taste:
As to your taste, that's easy. The simplest way to describe it is organic, to mean very pure and wholesome. Spontaneous, yet somewhat familiar and soothing, and captivates the soul. There's an element of the songs leaving a long lasting impression; those who like your songs usually will fall in love with them whatever the season and leave the listener wanting more. Ultimately, the music is accompanied by a special drive and passion that not only complements, but transcends the notes. Now that is organic.
*Yoshida Brothers - Storm
; sent by TIEFSEE in Game 162
No, I mean just listen to this masterpiece featuring the shamisen.
Musical eargasm moment. Yoshida brothers is brilliant
. The strings just come to life. Need I mention the bass and chord progression?
It's cute and well imagined. Hope it's from you.