Ypx here—today we’re going to be listening to “Phandrana Drifts” from Metroid Prime.
The original Metroid Prime is the fifth game in the series, and the first to be 3D as well as being played in first-person. It was well received at launch and continues to be praised almost two decades after its release in 2002 for the GameCube.
The opening drone-like instrument is one of my favourites and I have many synths like it over the past few months as I listen to more of this video game music. Set over this evolving drone, this track is mostly comprised of a piano riff that loosely arpeggiates chords. Some percussion is added to it along with a choir that falls away as a harp run fades in and out over piano stabs. While simplistic, the continued use of the evolving drone-like instrument keeps the track fresh even after a loop.