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Soundtrack Saturday: Jul.4

Ypx here—today we’re going to be listening to “Island Tour (Night)” from Animal Crossing New Horizons.

The newest installment in the Animal Crossing series is New Horizons and released this year (2020). Yasuaki Iwata, Yumi Takahashi, Shinobu Nagata, Sayako Doi, and Masato Ohashi were the composers for the game, and most if not all of the game’s soundtrack is recorded from live musicians rather than samples. If you have not seen the musicians play the opening theme, you can watch a video here.I am especially inspired MATARO’s performances.

This theme plays on Nook Miles islands at night and features a guitar and steel drums. These are accompanied by a digital piano that usually plays a chord every measure or so, and multiple shakers. A fairly simple track, the guitar and steel drums spend the majority of the track trading off the lead of a melody over a vamp played by the digital piano. At the conclusion of every few phrases there is a lively tag where the digital piano doubles faster chords with the steel drums.

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