Video game music cover publisher Scarl—-I mean, Firaga Records (there’s more than one, folks) has recently started a new artist-centric series to highlight some of the most promising talent in video game music remixes today. Their most recent release came out over the weekend and spotlights UK-based music producer SARE.
VGM: Essentials: SARE is the title of an interesting compilation album showing off SARE’s chops with classic melodies from Super Mario 64 and Sonic the Hedgehog 3 along with newer games like No Straight Roads, Genshin Impact and DELTARUNE. The album also features collaborations from artists Slyleaf, RoboRob, arthur x medic and RoBKTA.
“The important thing that I’ve learned throughout the production of this whole album was to have fun and to trust the process,” says SARE, “This was a huge turning point for me to venture out into trying new things. My music is inspired by the games I’ve played, and I wanted to express that by adding my own spin. Adding elements like orchestral strings, rock guitars, anything I could find to put in there etc., – this album was a chance for me to experiment. My collaborators certainly helped me to achieve this; they gave their all to every track on this album, and I am proud of how it turned out.”
1. SARE – One-Winged Angel (Final Fantasy VII)
2. SARE – Heartbeat, Heartbreak (Persona 4) [feat. Slyleaf]