Sword & Sworcery EP (Jim Guthrie)
Can a game soundtrack still be great even if you’ve never played the game it comes from? That’s a question that links into an argument I’m saving for a future post. Spoiler: Yes it fucking can. Like, obviously.
The only difference is, without experiencing the ties to the game it’s from (or worse, the spectre of nostalgia), it has to work harder for a place in your Tumblr blog of game soundtracks.
I don’t own an iPad and so I’ve never played Sword and Sworcery EP. Why do they spell sorcery wrong? I don’t know. Why is it an EP? Not a clue. Why is the soundtrack album subtitled ‘Ballad of The Space Babies’? Who are these babies of space? What terrible tragedy have they experienced to make them worthy of a ballad? No. Fucking. Idea.
Luckily the soundtrack absolutely works for it. Even as a standalone collection of ambient instrumentals it’s brilliant.