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MANAWAVE マナウェーブ by Natsukashii 懐かしい.
Listen digitally at https://natsukashii.bandcamp.com/
"When I listened to Manawave, it just felt good... straightforward, sincere, and pure... it made my heart jump." - Hiroki Kikuta (Composer, Secret of Mana)
"The music is very nice." - Ms. Isono (Widow, Hiroo Isono [Artist, Secret of Mana & Manawave])
It's 1993. 3 years into the 16-bit era, Squaresoft releases Secret of Mana for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Mana is a top-down multiplayer action role-playing game, offering a distinct, vibrant art style, strategic real-time battle system, and memorable soundtrack, all encapsulated in a high-fantasy world driven by themes of magic, nature, and life-giving "mana". A young Natsukashii is taken in by its vivid colors, animated characters, and engaging gameplay... but its rich, varied soundtrack by Hiroki Kikuta leaves the strongest impression. As he plays, Natsukashii often places his character standing in Mana's world in order to listen to the looping themes again and again, filling his young heart and mind with Kikuta's masterful music.
It's 2020. The world is gripped by a pandemic. As economies are shaken and self-isolation becomes the new reality, a cultural gravitation towards nostalgic comfort grows. An older Natsukashii shares this longing and revisits Secret of Mana once more. While some aspects of the game have not quite stood the test of time, its soundtrack remains largely lauded. As he plays, Kikuta-san's timeless melodies again stir Natsukashii with that same fervent essence he knew 27 years before, filling his spirit with inspiration. Heartfelt and determined, he begins to create Manawave.
Kikuta's compositions provide the foundation for this modern homage, as Natsukashii infuses 12 selected tracks with crafted downtempo beats, lush synth instrumentation, textural ambiance, and dottings of environmental sounds and vocal samples. Lending serendipity to the project, Hiroki Kikuta himself generously provides liner notes, and art from legendary Secret of Mana artist Hiroo Isono is featured on the cover. Sometimes pensive, sometimes playful, always impassioned; Manawave is a genuine love letter to an enduring classic.
Manawave is presented on two color variants via Debug Records:
Limited Edition Mana Tree Green and Upper Land Pink.
Original Composer - Hiroki Kikuta / 菊田 裕樹
Cover Art - Hiroo Isono / 磯野宏夫
Manawave Producer - Natsukashii / 懐かしい
Vinyl Cutting Engineer - Kevin Park (Lacquer Channel)
Translation - John Gale
Executive Producer - Caleb Denney
©2020 Debug Records
Cover art ©Hiroo Isono / Cosmo Merchandising Co., Ltd / D. Parks and Associates LLC
Compulsory Mechanical Licenses provided by Legacy Productions Inc. d/b/a Easy Song Licensing
Maasai Tribe vocals appear in tracks 3, 11, 12 courtesy of Earthmoments
Special Thanks: Hiroki Kikuta, Jayson Napolitano (Scarlet Moon Productions), Travis Nylund, Square Enix
Made in Canada
Fear of the Heavens / 天使の怖れ
A Curious Tale / 不思議なお話を
Phantom and a Rose / 薔薇と精霊
Into the Thick of It / 少年は荒野をめざす
The Wind Never Ceases / 風の焉わるところ
I Closed my Eyes / ひとみを閉じて
A Bell is Tolling / 八点鐘
What the Forest Taught Me / 森が教えてくれたこと
Spirit of the Night / 夜の魂
Still of the Night / 浄夜
I Won't Forget / 君を忘れない
Now Flightless Wings / 翼はもうはばたかない
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