I never thought I’d say this but I have a feeling a video game soundtrack might be one of the best albums to slide across my radar this year.
The Death Stranding game was developed by iconic Japanese video-game creator Hideo Kojima: an immersive and textured experience of creating bridges between isolated cities in a fractured society – a theme first explored through CHVRCHES’ progressive electro-pop anthem “Death Stranding”.
Spinning off the game, Death Stranding: Timefall is a stand-alone album featuring original music from hot-shot names from right across the global music network. Major Lazer and Khalid kick things off with a bang on “Trigger”: a moody, hollowly strolling track.
Everything about this album finds power within languid tempo and stripped melody lurking expertly beneath the surface. Scratched vinyl meets sultry sound in “Yellow Box” from The Neighbourhood – while The S.L.P. delivers easily one of the best tracks, “Meanwhile… In Genova” through a conglomerate of stripped and organic percussion, and haunting melody.
The album spins out into rollicking post-rock EDM (Bring Me The Horizon’s “Ludens”), winds it all back in with femme fragility by flora cash (“Born In Slumber”), before grinding to an end on an EDM-inspired note from MISSIO (“Sing To Me”).
It’s a genre-spanning compilation: a fiery and wholly original release.