Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien Soundtrack, Matthew Harwood / Disasterpeace, 2013
Matthew Harwood‘s previous soundtracks for the BIT.TRIP franchise all showed promise, but were often too brief and low-key to really stand out. That’s definitely not a problem for sequel Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien. Much more melody-oriented and far lusher than its chiptune-bound predecessors, Runner2 is sunny and catchy from the start, as a blithe piano melody dances on top of quirky electronica and warm string chords. It’s joyful music that’s both laid-back and energetic. Runner2 never loses these ingratiating qualities, as it merrily mixes steel drums, loungey Hammond organs and other fragments of different musical genres into its DNA. Despite all this variety, the score remains coherent, all musical ideas embedded in a web of playfully chirpy, snatching and buzzing electronica that can erupt into smooth but powerful grooves. Each track builds organically to a big climax with a memorable pop hook line – perfect expression that the Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien soundtrack is easy going fun but still compositionally sophisticated.
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