Jam of the Day: Setting Sail, Coming Home (End Theme) by Darren Korb (Bastion Original Soundtrack)
A testament to the quality of the Bastion soundtrack is how many people who never normally talk about video game music were begging for an official OST. In any discussion of the game, the music was always brought up. That’s something that just doesn’t seem to happen outside of niche, game music enthusiasts.
“Setting Sail, Coming Home” combines two vocal tracks (“Build That Wall” and “Mother, I’m Here”) from some of the most powerful moments earlier in the game into something new for the ending theme. It works beautifully and still sends chills down my spine when I hear it.
The year’s not over yet, but at this point I still don’t think anything is standing in Bastion’s way for being my soundtrack of the year.
Jam of the Day: The Sole Regret [unofficial name] by Darren Korb (Bastion Soundtrack)
When I played the demo for Bastion, I immediately fell in love with the game’s audio. The music accompanied by the gravelly, dynamic narrator was enough to convince me to purchase the game so I could experience more. Fortunately the game is pretty fun, too.
There isn’t an official Bastion soundtrack as of this moment, but they’re looking into releasing one. Once they do, it’s and instant purchase for me and it should be for you, too. Described by the composer as “acoustic frontier triphop,” Bastion’s soundtrack gets in your head and stays there. There’s some interesting variety in the instrumentation at play here and each track is just really easy to love. There’s even a few vocal tracks that, when heard in game, really stand out. An official soundtrack release can’t come soon enough.