EIDOLON: Music From Final Fantasy IX Out Now!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few days, you’ve probably heard about this album called EIDOLON: Music from Final Fantasy IX. The fine folks at Materia Collective have put together another VGM titan, this time paying homage to the timeless soundtrack by Nobuo Uematsu. Unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance to listen to the album myself, that is, until today. Before I share some of my thoughts, here’s what the album producers, Emily McMillan and Joe Chen had to say about the album (from the official press release courtesy of Scarlet Moon Productions).
"We thought the next Final Fantasy cover album from Materia Collective was long overdue, and we both have a big love for the Final Fantasy IX soundtrack," comment album producers Emily McMillan and Joe Chen. "As the game focuses so much on character development and connections, we wanted to celebrate those ideas with a theme of collaboration. Each track on EIDOLON is the work of multiple Materia Collective artists working together to develop their interpretations of the classic music of Final Fantasy IX."
While I’ve only heard about a third of the album so far (roughly over an hour), I’m already blown away by the quality on display. Album mastering engineer James C. Hoffman had a Herculean task with balancing so many different styles, tempos, and talents on this album. Producers Joe Chen and Emily McMillan have assembled the A-Team of VGM talent including the Triforce Quartet, the Videri String Quartet, StringPlayerGamer, and GameBrass (for a full list of musicians, check out the album’s official website). Despite the variety of music on display, there is a maturity and cohesiveness that I quite honestly didn’t expect to find. Finally, I have to say that I can’t stop staring at the gorgeous album art by David Christensen. I’m excited to delve further into the album, and I may give additional thoughts in the future so stay tuned for that!