Taken By Trees - Only You (Belief Remix)
Lately there has been a lot of excitement over Yuki Kajiura, who specializes in music for action-packed male-centric thrillers, writing the score to Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica. (2011) Kajiura’s mystical chaunts and dirges have always been popular among fans; today we’ll listen a bit to the magical girl music written by another extremely popular composer, Yoko Kanno.
Like Kajiura, Kanno rarely writes for anything mahou shoujo-related. Her most famous works are written for sophisticated fantasy and science fiction stories— the romantic leitmotifs of The Vision of Escaflowne, for instance, and Cowboy Bebop’s frantic jazz tunes. She did, however, score one very atypical and controversial magical girl series. The series was Earth Maiden Arjuna (2001), a 13-episode TV show directed by Shoji Kawamori, creator of other Kanno-scored series like Escaflowne, Aquarion and Macross Frontier. A dizzying science-fantasy piece whose magical girl is outfitted with motifs from Hindu tradition and conservationist agenda, Arjuna is quite a ride, and Yoko Kanno matches its wildness with a truly epic score. This score almost seems to quote Yuki Kajiura’s trademark style with its emphasis on chanting female vocals, though Kanno seems to have been mostly inspired by Indian traditional music.
In addition to scoring Arjuna, Yoko Kanno is responsible for one very iconic magical girl theme: “Platinum”, the third opening theme to Card Captor Sakura (1996), performed by Kanno’s longtime collaborator, Maaya Sakamoto. While not as well-known as the first opener “Catch You, Catch Me”, “Platinum” is still well-beloved by fans of Sakura and of Kanno.
(Kanno, please write more magical girl music in the future!)
Salvia Plath // Teen Suicide // Goblin Problems
Temples - The Guesser
I am so into this sound that the Temples have crafted. OBSESSED. These Brits are doing it right. Allowing the influence of the psychedelic forefathers to help craft but not allowing to dominate their overall sound and allowing themselves to craft out their niche. I feel like I should be skipping thru Living Island with HR Pufnstuf.
This track comes off their self-titled EP which you can stream on their soundcloud. Hope they release a wax version of this bad boy. Just as an FYI fans of Tame Impala will really share in my excitement.
Ya Hey — Vampire Weekend
I am going to join Radio for the Daydreamers’s cover/remix project with this track. hope you’ll enjoy just like I deeply, even strangely enjoyed their original track :)
Radio for the Daydreamersというアメリカのバンドのカバー/remixのプロジェクト参加曲をアップしましたんで、公式リリース前ですがよかったら聴いてみてください。（かなり思い入れのあった原曲。割と忠実に、かつだいぶ自分の色にしちゃってます；；）
Original track is from the album
by Radio for the Daydreamers http://radioforthedaydreamers.bandcamp.com/album/denouement-2
Radio for the Daydreamers
Finally got it.
Track: Castle In The Mist
Denki Groove - Trapeze OST - “Shangri-La”