Soundtrack review: Lost in harmony – Kaito’s adventure (various artists – 2016)
“Lost in harmony: Kaito’s adventure” is an unusual, rare combination of an autorunner with a narrative rhythmical game, developed by Digixart Entertainment studio led by Yoan Fanise, former Ubisoft employee and the creator of Valiant Hearts. The story of Lost in Harmony: Kaito’s Adventure is set in an unknown futuristic world, across which the protagonist – young boy named Kaito – rides on his skateboard, carrying his friend, Aya, on his back. Each chapter represents one of the hero’s phobias, such as fear of water, heights, or crowds. Kaito’s skateboard moves automatically, and the player has to avoid various obstacles by turning right, left, or jumping in right moments. However, all of this is directly connected to the background music, which not only affects the gameplay, but is also used for storytelling and expressing character’s emotions. The score was written by various artists including Xillix, Borislav Slavov and even Wyclef Jean.
Since the music is an integral part of the gameplay I played the game a bit before listening to the score and I loved the experience. The way the game is developed and the way the music plays made me want to try and make a running playlist from this score for my training sessions. The rhythmic quality of the score, regardless of the piece the composers mix, makes it a perfect match for a fartlek session.
The score is made mostly of famous symphonic or traditional pieces remixed to give them an electronic sound and a different speed. You will recognize many favorites like “Swan lake”, “Ride of the Valkyries”, “William Tell ouverture” (although nothing beats Hans Zimmer’s version of that from “Lone ranger”) or the awesome and one of my favorite arias “Hall of the Mountain King” from Peer Gynt and even “Mazeltov”. The variety of remixes will please every taste and I can’t highlight any cues because it’s all subject to personal preferences for those arias.
There are original compositions as well, superb ambient pieces like “Lost in ocean” from Roc Chen” or a few space melodies written by Mark Griskey. For an atmospheric music fan like me they are priceless and they complement the more agitated symphonic remixes. I am surprised by how good Wyclef Jean’s piece “Lost in time” sounds. There’s the voice in there as well but no way I’m going to dismiss this from my review.
“Lost in harmony” is a perfect title for this very unusual album. This is the kind of score I think everyone will love. You don’t need to be the fan of a specific genre to enjoy this imaginative journey through hundreds of years of music, ranging from the deep abyss of the sea to the space. Emotion is there, adrenaline is there, melody is there and enjoyment was had. Of course I loved the most the “Lost” series of cues. You can choose only those if you want to hear just the original music.
Cue rating: 89 / 100
Total minutes of excellence: 33 / 65
Album excellence: 51%