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Soundtrack Saturday: Nov.30

Ypx here—today we’re going to be listening to “Seaside Kingdom (Bubblaine)” from Super Mario Odyssey. I haven’t had much time to return to my ancestral home in many years, and this gives me some longing feelings.

While Super Mario Odyssey is fairly new (released in late 2017), the style of music quoted in this piece is quite new in the timeline of Earth music. Born on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro in the late 1950s, composers Naoto Kubo, Shiho Fujii, and Koji Kondo make a beautiful Bossa Nova, a style most known by “The Girl from Ipaname”, reportedly the most played Earth song behind “Yesterday”.

Like many other bossas, an acoustic guitar is central. In fact, this piece has at least two, one strumming accompaniment chords and another that trades the melody between vibraphone, piano, accordion, and itself. The aim is to create a relaxing, picturesque mood reminiscent of relaxing on a beach, much like the music of Pale Shores. A lively but not overbearing percussion section including small drums, shakers, and wind chimes keep the track moving.

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