Deriviere has done it again! This time he created the ultimate soundtrack for the Victorian era vampire. I’d dare to say that recently every game gains a lot when it’s ornamented with the creativity of the French. The idea is simple – cello and industrial synths – the execution is perfect.
Olivier decided that nothing will reflect this as good as a subtle combination of the sound of the tormented cello.
All you need to do to understand that this is a dark and romantic story is to play for only a while. Dualism crafted in a perfect place. The main character is alienated in two ways: by his nature and the changes happening around him. Olivier decided that nothing will reflect this as good as a subtle combination of the sound of the tormented cello and modern and seemingly unfitting synths. The adwancing technical development of the historical period and the dehumanization of the society perfectly suits the looped and reflecting artificial echoes industrial layers.
The narrative in music balances between affectionate arpeggios on cellos and more steady hits, similar to mechanical sounds of early factories. The darkness is painted beautifully with various tones. We can find on the soundtrack compositions as thick as the London fog as well as nearly sacral stuff. Multiple facets are also present in the instrumentarium. The dominion of synths and cellos is broken with a transverse flute, a dulcimer and a piano.
It’s one of those albums, that you have to must listen to, whether you plan on playing Vampyr or not.
There are a few real gems on the soundtrack. Twisted Tango reflects the spirit of the soundtrack. A perfect composition, a bit edgy, intensively builds up with hectic tones, and the main theme which begins with cellos and ends with vicious synths, while drums, harpsichord, and a whole bunch of carefully selected instruments play in the background. It’s one of those albums, that you have to must listen to, whether you plan on playing Vampyr or not. That is why I hope to see your opinions in comments below this review.