Soundtrack Saturday: Feb.22

Ypx here—today we’re going to be listening to “Sunflowers and Illusions” from Mother 3.

The enigmatic Mother (or EarthBound) series’s third and likely final installment was released for the GBA in 2006 and WiiU Virtual Console in 2015, both exclusively in Japan. Still though, the soundtrack got a CD release, and despite not being scored by Suzuki and Tanaka but instead by Shogo Sakai, it still feels very much like the franchise should sound.

It is those typical sounds from a Mother game that we begin the track with, a very digital pad and a delay and reverb laden toy piano (a sound also used very heavily in the Mana series). These emotional chords and ‘piano’ scattered melodies give way to sharp string staccatos that crescendo and diminuendo repeatedly to serve as an ostinato briefly with a very low and slow bassline before repeating.

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