Tiny Barbarian DX: The Serpent Lord Soundtrack, Jeff Ball, 2013
Violinist Jeff Ball had already made a name for himself as a first-rate performer on both indie games and AAA titles – but surprisingly, his breakthrough soundtrack turns out not to include a single solo string instrument. The Tiny Barbarian DX: The Serpent Lord soundtrack matches the game’s 8-bit graphics with glorious, unabashedly melodic chiptune music of the highest order. From the stomping opening chords of “TBDX Opening Street”, Ball unleashes a steady stream of utterly catchy, head-nodding melodies and huge hooks, while busy arpeggios bubble away in the background. Tiny Barbarian DX hits the ground running and never looks back, as it rushes through the more cinematic “Break Down the Walls”, the Castlevania-inspired “Kinda Creepy” and the absolutely euphoric “Haters Gonna Hate” on a wave of adrenaline and muscular tunes. One of the best retro indie soundtracks released so far, Tiny Barbarian DX sees eye to eye with the classics of yesteryear – it’s uncomplicated fun, but it’s anything but simple.
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