Ypx here—today we’re going to be listening to “Scales of Zordium” from Knytt Underground.
Knytt Underground is a sequel to Knytt and Within a Deep Forest by the developer known as Nifflas released in 2012. The game combines exploratory elements of Metroidvania games and arcade platformers. Along with the developer’s own songs, a handful of other musicians contributed to the soundtrack and we will be listening to one of D Fast’s tracks today.
Opening with spacey bells and a large amount of reverb, we soon get a smooth and short synth that fades in and out as it arpeggiates. An electronic piano sits beautifully on top of some string chords briefly before the mood relaxes after a brief moment of tension. The majority of the track has this chill vibe, with steady but uneven percussion that rolls in and out of the middleground of the mix. Different instruments momentarily shine for a phrase or so each, briefly pausing for arpeggiating builds before relaxing the tension away again.