Furi Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the video game score Furi by various artists.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 80.9
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 23.8
Album Excellence: 25.6%
Furi is a 2016 video game developed and published by The Game Bakers. Fight your way free in our frenzied all-boss fighter, and discover what’s waiting behind the last gate. Furi is all about the tension of one-on-one fights against deadly adversaries. It’s an intense, ultra-responsive game with a unique mix of fast-paced sword fighting and dual-stick shooting. Each of the formidable guardians —designed by Afro Samurai creator Takashi Okazaki— has a unique and surprising combat style that requires focus and skill to defeat. The high-energy action gets a boost from an explosive soundtrack composed by electro musicians Carpenter Brut, Danger, The Toxic Avenger, Lorn, Scattle, Waveshaper and Kn1ght.
Are you riding on the current wave of retro inspired synth music? It has many names, but synthwave seems to be the most common term. This score includes a number of these synthwave artists and for me who grew up in the 80s that’s very exciting. I feel a nostalgia boost coming and it’s hitting hard. Carpenter Brut is one of the biggest synthwave artist with their dark synth style and this score opens with ‘Time To Wake Up’. It’s a rather short intro and it’s perhaps less retro than you would think. At least for me the modern sound of it surprises, but there is still some underlying retro vibes here. Danger is next with a cue called ‘6:24’. In fact, Danger has a few of these cues with just numbers or timestamps as cue names. Again it’s a bit disappointing because I don’t get my nostalgia boost as much as I’d hoped. It’s borderline dub step mixed in with modern rhythms. Third time’s the charm? Carpenter Brut’s ‘Enraged’ is better. This time it’s dark synth time and it can be used for some 80s science fiction film. It’s still not perfect, but it’s certainly improving things a lot.
Welcome Waveshaper! As some of you might know Waveshaper is huge in the synthwave business and here they open with ‘A Picture In Motion’ and it’s the most 80s this score has been by a long shot. It’s a beautiful little dark synth track drawing inspiration from 80s horror and science fiction. Now this is what I’m talking about. Awesome! Lorn is up next with ‘Unraveled’, a rather experimental synth cue, not necessarily retro. The Toxic Avengers is up next with ‘Make This Right’ and ‘Make This Right (Remix)’, neither of them very exciting. It’s a slow dance track with a decent motif, but nothing out of the ordinary. Scattle’s ‘Love And Madness’, a rather catchy electronic piece, nothing too retro though. Finally we have Kn1ght with two tracks starting with ‘A Big Day’ which is a delight for an 80s fan like me. It reminds me of classic 80s dark synth. I’m thinking dystopian science fiction here. Truly great. ‘Something Memorable’ is like the sequel, same style but harder. I like the original better, but this is pretty good. Waveshaper though has my favorite contributions to this score which I expected to contain a lot of 80s synth music, but sadly I was mistaken. Due to that fact, I am quite disappointed, although musically it’s overall a very good electronic score.
4. A Picture In Motion
12. You’re Mine
13. A Big Day
15. A Monster
16. You Are The End