In Extremis

Soundtrack Saturday: Aug.1

Ypx here—today we’re going to be listening to “Heahea City (Night)” from Pokémon Sun/Moon.

Released in 2016 for the 3DS, Sun and Moon garnered mixed reviews. The games have been praised for deviating from a decades-old formula, but derided for a lack of post-story content that was traditionally expected. Regional forms were a notable inclusion to the game and while they did introduce variance in place of additional new species, many felt that the designs were not appealing.

A jazz style night theme is not unusual for a pokemon or Nintendo game, and this theme straddles the line between relaxing and upbeat. A shimmering digital piano is the featured instrument, accompanied by a hammond organ, trumpet, piano, and percussion. In alternating phrases the trumpet takes the melody for the majority of a phrase, and the organ plays flourishes or turns at the end of phrases for variety.

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