Ypx here—today we’re going to be listening to “Freeze Draft (Stage 5 – Hekichi Plateau” from Kero Blaster.
A platformer released in 2014, later for PS4, and even later for Switch, it was the first major release for Studio Pixel since Cave Story in 2004. The game received positive reviews, especially for its control scheme on the mobile version released for iOS. Like many other games I’ve expressed love for in the past, Kero Blaster too was composed by its developer.
A harkening back to chiptune days, there’s a low synth that has long sustains followed by staccatos to give the melody synth and arpeggiations room. It’s a true four channel piece, with melody, arpeggiation/short synth, bass, and percussion.