Botanicula Soundtrack, DVA, 2012
You couldn’t accuse previous Amanita Design scores like Samorost 2 or Machinarium for playing it safe or by the rules – but they still didn’t prepare listeners for the inspired, brilliant lunacy that is the Botanicula soundtrack. You might call it freak folk-pop, or undertake some comparisons – a mix between the Animal Collective’s rambunctious pop songs and Tom Waits’ more surreal works, performed by hordes of cute little garden creatures. Ultimately though, DVA’s Botanicula stands on its own, merrily exploding any preconceived notions of genre, a relentlessly inventive, gushing fountain of bizarre but charming ideas – a toy land of previously unseen sights and sounds that explores the same head-spinning clash of sounds as Fly’n, but with far greater eccentricity. Exuberant to the nth degree, Botanicula embraces cartoonish silliness, but is too fascinating in its all-out approach to genre-blending to come across as obnoxious. It’s an acquired taste, but once tuned in to its peculiar wavelength, Botanicula is a small revelation, the trippiest work Western game music has produced so far.
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