I’ve started playing through Earthbound (Mother 2) for the first time and it charmed the pants off me. I love the cheekiness, the playful jabs at suburban America and the surprisingly advanced for its time RPG elements. I’m also a big fan of the music, which you can find in full here.
I thought I’d put together a little Earthbound tribute this Monday if you guys don’t mind. It’s not going to be chiptunes, but rather songs that remind me of what it was like to be a rebellious kid in the suburbs. I went with some weird stuff this week, so be prepared for the unusual and yet oh so familiar.
First up, we have a band that holds a special place in my heart because their name brings back nostalgic memories of cartoons. You know Passion Pit and Foster the People? Imagine their weird little brother who likes to paint figurines of space aliens and was a champion at racing a box down a muddy hill. There are hints of that “indie rock” feel that’s become popular, but Reptar isn’t afraid to blast through it with a little more velocity and personality. I love how weird his voice is, how the synth glows in the background like fireflies and how it reminds me of my own wild suburban youth.
Digits are hit and miss with me, but “Because it’s Wrong” is one of those tracks that’s more prowling than chill. The melodies and electronic flavor reminded me of Earthbound’s soundtrack when it goes into caves or past Ness’s bedtime. This song has almost zero direction, but I can’t help but head bop along with it. The darkness of it gives a slice of how sometimes if you stay out late enough and hang with the wrong crowd, you can get into some trouble.
Finally, we have a real chillwave plus pop equals success track from Chromatics. “Kill for Love” has sleepy vocals with synth that pours around it like Spring rain. I like how this feels like bedroom electronic but without the over saturated fuzziness that completely takes off any sort of edge.