Music Post: A sampling of TV Anime “Shinrei Tantei Yakumo Original Soundtrack”
Being an anime fan who loves music, I tend to take note of the music aspect of the anime I’m watching. Thus, I usually ended up checking out the original soundtrack album of the collected compositions and the composer whose scores aroused my aural curiosity. That said, it has been a while since I last share my thoughts on any particular anime soundtrack release. It’s not because there isn’t anything that interest me or that I’d given up gabbing about music. There are in fact, a handful of recent releases that I found to be highly enjoyable and worth my while. It’s just that the lack of time prevented me from giving them a discerning ear which one requires when one wants to write about them. In that regards, I’m happy to be back on track again with my first music post of 2011.
Album Title: TV Anime “Shinrei Tantei Yakumo Original Soundtrack“
Composer/Artist(s): R.O.N, Daisuke Ono (OP), Lisa Komine (ED)
Release Date: 01-Dec-2010
Catalog No.: VTCL-60231
Number of discs (or other units): 1
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I have no idea who R.O.N is prior to watching ‘Psychic Detective Yakumo’ except that the relatively unknown composer has done some theme songs arrangement for TV anime ‘Kurenai’. In a way, that intrigued me enough to want to pay more attention to the music while watching the anime. I must say the music placement certainly works its magic in depicting the mostly brooding atmosphere of the psychological mystery themed series. The tense moments aren’t overly dramatic which in my opinion, is a good thing because it would have been overkill. But of course, the ost is far from being mood heavy as there are several uplifting pieces that perks up the lighter moments as well as contemplative tracks that filled the quieter parts of the show. I also like the combination of synths, guitars and strings instrumentation in the arrangements.
Overall, R.O.N succeeded in creating a cohesive soundtrack for Yakumo. It’s a keeper in my ani-ost collection for sure and that’s more than decent for a composer whose work I’m not familiar with aside from what was already mentioned. I’ll definitely want to hear any future music project he may be working on.
On to the sampling of selected pieces from ‘Shinrei Tantei Yakumo Original Soundtrack’:
Track 3: White Wing
The main theme is the most recognizable score from the anime. It is also my favourite piece from the ost.
Track 6: Lonesome
Very nice contemplative piano-based track
Track 9: Black Dance
One of the heavier, tension filled piece
Track 11: Mystery
Creepy and haunting at the same time
Track 12: Buraiha
I like the atmospheric guitar work on this track that gives out an awesome creepy vibe.
Track 28: Unusual box
The use of the saxophone gave this piece an ambient feel
Track 31: In Despair
Melancholy piece with a despairing violin accompanied by piano
Track 40: Secret of Mind** clickety click
One of my favourite piece after the main theme. I wasn’t able to find this particular track on ‘youtube’ so I had to u/l to boxnet just so you peeps can have a listen.