VVVVVV Soundtrack, SoulEye, 2010
Among the many retro platformer scores, SoulEye’s VVVVVV soundtrack (released as PPPPPP on album) sets itself apart with its sheer quality and variety. Making liberal use of C64, Amiga and NES sounds, VVVVVV is an uninterrupted joyride, from the moment “Presenting VVVVVV” emerges from the mist of a hazy chiptune melody riff. From here on, SoulEye displays perfect judgement in how to develop his densely layered pieces, balancing the constant addition of new melodies and riffs with enough repetition to make the most of these catchy creations. Effortlessly complex in how its melody leads intertwine and keep pushing the music higher and higher, VVVVVV is also constantly exciting and pulse-pounding, no matter how SoulEye approaches this 8-bit homage. There’s the way “Passion for Exploring” balances its oppressive, tight grooves with a bright, optimistic melody; the cheerily hyper-charged “Positive Force” and its techno influences; the neat stereo tricks of the more abstract “Predestined Fate” and its cleverly layered arpeggios; and of course the euphoric, deliciously cheesy C64-meets-80s pop credit roll “Popular Potpurri”.
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