Tsuyoshi Sekito Explains The Main Theme of “Final Fantasy Explorers” | Listen Now

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Dengeki has made a short interview with Tsuyoshi Sekito, who is the main composer of the upcoming 3DS action RPG game, Final Fantasy Explorer. You may also know his work from the games such as The Last Remnant, Final Fantasy (composing & arrangement in multiple title) and SaGa. During the interview, Sekito explained the build of the theme song and challenges he faced through the progress.

“By the time we were producing the main theme of Final Fantasy Explorers, we only had the key visuals but nothing else. So… you can guess that it made me a bit worried! In the beginning, I had to create songs without really knowing the surroundings or the scene they were used, which is why I tried to compose many songs fitting to different kinds of environments. When meeting with the team for the first time and introducing my songs, I was happy to receive reputation from them, even though some songs didn’t fit that well in the game.

When it comes to the theme song, I tried to create something what fits well to the “explorers” mood.  The song has parts where it is easy going yet dark and adventurous. Even in some parts there you can hear the suffering of the land. In the second half, I switched to the piano arrangement to completely change the mood of the song!”

In the end of the article, Dengeki teases that we will be hearing more about the music this week! Read our “Introducing Final Fantasy Explorers” article for more info about Final Fantasy Explorers.

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Green Single by Language Is Out Now

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The second release of the RGB Series is out now! “Green Single” is available on Bandcamp and iTunes. During our interview, Language revealed that the “Green Single” is about smaller feelings in everyday life.

The RGB series comprised of six tracks in total on three digital singles. The first release ‘Red Single’ has been out since April and forthcoming ‘Blue Single’ will be out on June 25th 2014.

 

Make sure you read our interview with Language. It reveals interesting facts about working on Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII and their upcoming music series. Access to the interview here.

Interview: Square Portal Talks with Language about Their New Music and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

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We’re very honored to finally release our special interview with Language! The band consists of Kaori (Vocal), Yosuke Kakegawa (Guitar/Computer) and Naoyuki Honzama (Bass/Computer). You may know them from their earlier music, but also from “Ouroboros Festival” song in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. As our very own Johnny sat down with Language, they discussed: Who are Language, what’s up with their new music and how did working on Lightning Returns feel.

Meanwhile reading this interview, I highly recommend pressing play from the Red Single player, which is located in the sidebar! 

Johnny: What does ”Language” mean?

We named our band “Language” because it’s something essential to communicate
with someone including yourself inside even if it’s unspoken or unwritten. We like this idea. (Yosuke)

Johnny: How did you end up working together?

We met each other through recording projects in which three of us were involved a decade ago, then worked together on a few one-off programmes. And we finally decided to form the band in 2009. (Kaori)

Johnny: What do you try to reach with your music in general? What’s your message?

We would like people to feel our music first, rather than interpret what we meant. (Kaori)

It would be nice if we could share our feelings or impression about this world with our listeners, since we all are on the same train. I feel there should be admiration rather than just a message in the song. It”s like a feeling “I can’t believe that we are living in this world”. (Yosuke)

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THE RGB SERIES

This Spring, Language is releasing brand new music from the RGB Series. The first part of the series, the Red Single, is out now worldwide, and you can buy it from here. More new music is coming as soon as this month, so let’s talk about what’s coming and what kind of release the RGB Series actually is! 

Johnny: So, what’s the concept of the RGB Series?

It’s a series of three digital single releases which consists of Red Single, Green Single and Blue Single, six tracks in total. (Yosuke)

Johnny: What’s the new direction?

Maybe it’s a sort of rebound from our previous album, to start using more synthesizers? (Kaori)

On the RGB Series, we wanted to feature classic synthesizer sounds from late 70’s and 80’s fused into modern tracks. Particular synth sounds have been attracting us lately, so we have planned to release some singles to present our intuition immediately via some download sites. (Yosuke)

Johnny: How do Red, Green and Blue singles differ from each other?

The tracks on the Red Single concern some sort of literary-ish matters, like “existence”, and the Green Single is more about smaller feelings in everyday life. We are still working on the Blue one at the moment. (Yosuke)

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Johnny: Talking about Red Single, can you explain more about Silencia and Soft Moment? What are they about?

There could be two mysterious feelings when you experience the uncertainty of reality. One could be the confusion in Silencia and the other one could be the pleasure in Soft Moment. The lyrics were set like quotations from a journal written by an unknown person. (Yosuke)

Johnny: What’s the biggest difference between your past work (Magure and Northern Lights, for example) and RGB Series?

The biggest difference is that the RGB series is a project based on releasing singles, which is a first for us. But it might not be as different from our past albums as we initially thought because we planned to release them three months in a row. It feels like we are working on an EP or a mini album, contents-wise. Since it is the first time we are doing these download-only releases, it obviously affects us more. Releasing singles at a fast pace should be a good aspect as well. (Yosuke)

Johnny: Has your past work taught you anything that helped when creating the RGB Series?

Yes, we think the RGB series is an extension of our past works, contextually. Though, we want to keep being open-minded for new things at the same time. (Yosuke)

Johnny: What are you future plans with the RGB Series? Touring? New music videos?

We are planning to make the live recording movies of Green and Blue single as well and playing some gigs to promote the tracks on RGB Series in May and June. (Yosuke)

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LANGUAGE AND LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII

Last year, Language collaborated with Mitsuto Suzuki on Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII soundtrack. Together they created a song called “Ouroboros Festival”. Let’s take a look behind the scenes and how did the recording and production sessions go!

Johnny: How did you and Mitsuto Suzuki end up working together?

We have known each other for a long time. He was my first musician friend at the music production company, where I, he, and Yosuke belonged. (Naoyuki)

Johnny: How did you feel, working together on that project?

It was exciting! We visited his office and watched the highly confidential movie, which was still in production, to catch up with the project. (Naoyuki)

Johnny: How did the production and recording of the song go?

We worked as remixer, but Language is a band, so we tried to add our own taste to the track, including Kaori’s vocal and its melody lines, which Mitsuto expected as well. We played and recorded southern Asian percussions as well, because he asked us if we could blend an ethnic atmosphere into our music when he came over to our studio. After we had recorded the final track, which was the vocal part, we went out to celebrate it together. (Naoyuki)

Johnny: Did it differ from your own music production?

Yes in a way, and it was fun and refreshing to collaborate with other musicians we like. (Yosuke)

Johnny: Would you like to be featured in the upcoming Final Fantasy games?

Yes, we would. (Naoyuki)

Why not? I would be excited to sing in the track for beautiful visuals like this time.
It’s kind of a rare experience, too. I was so glad when I watched the result. (Kaori)

JohnnyThank you so much for the interview, Language! As a closing, do you have any regards you would like to send for our readers?

We’ve received lots of warm messages from the readers of Square Portal thanks to the opportunity we had to work on Lightning Returns. Thank you guys so much! And thank you so much, Johnny at Square Portal, for your strong support! It would be wonderful, if you guys enjoyed our music in the game and hopefully our own releases as well! (Kaori)

Domo arigato! (All)

Interview: #AskLanguage about New Music & Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

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It has been a while since we talked about Language and their new RGB album, which first single is out now. As a celebration, we and Language have collaborated to make a special interview about their new music and working in the music business. We’ll be talking about Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII soundtrack as well! Did you know that one of their songs was Ouroboros Festival which was played in Yusnaan?

Please, fill the contact form below, and tell us what do you want to know about Language’s music and their work on Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII soundtrack.

Who are they?

Language is an electronic pop band from Tokyo, Japan formed in 2009. The band consists of Kaori (Vocal), Yosuke Kakegawa(Guitar/Computer), Naoyuki Honzawa(Bass/Computer). They play and produce music with hybrid manner of both electronic and live sounds inspired by eclecticism through a diversity of their musical backgrounds including dance music, electronica and indie rock.

Romancing SaGa Remastered Soundtracks Announced | Coming This Summer

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It has been over 20 years since Kenji Ito made the original composing work for Romancing SaGa games. Today,Sony Music Store opened pre-orders for Romancing SaGa 1 and 2 Original Soundtrack -Remaster- albums. The first “Romancing Saga Original Soundtrack -Remaster-” album will be released on 18th June, and “Romancing SaGa 2 Original Soundtrack -Remaster-” will be out a month later, on 16th July. Similar to Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster soundtrack, these albums will contain newly arranged and remastered versions of the original music in higher quality.

A sample from Romancing SaGa -Minstrel Song- OST – “Eternal Emotion”

What the Kweh is Romancing SaGa?

Romancing SaGa was developed and published by Square (before merging with Enix) for the Super Famicom / SNES, in 1992. It was the fourth installment in the SaGa series. Later in 2005, Square Enix revealed and published the PlayStation 2 remake of the game, which was renamed as “Romancing SaGa: Minstrel Song”. It was only available in Japan and North America. The original SNES version has been ported for smartphones and Wii. (Only in Japan)

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The story events of the first Romancing SaGa were set in the fictional world of Mardias. It follow a story of eight heroes who started a journey
across the world to prevent the resurrection of Saruin – an evil god from the ancient times. SaGa series is known for its modern and open design with the gameplay, story and world. For example, in Romancing Saga, players could experience the story events differently, as it was up to them, how they played through different story scenarios. Some of the events were only unlocked by completing certain tasks or talking to non-playable characters, which changed all players’ experiences slightly different.

Do you wanna know more about the history of the SaGa series? Did you know that Final Fantasy Legends games were originally SaGa games – not Final Fantasies? Please, check out our “the History of Square Enix’s Game Boy Games” article for more information about these amazing games.

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Piano Opera FINAL FANTASY VII / VIII / IX Now Available on iTunes

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“Piano Opera FINAL FANTASY VII / VIII / IX” is now available for $11.88/€11.88 on iTunes.
 It’s the third release of  the”Piano Opera” series which features piano arrangements of songs from the Final Fantasy series. Square Enix has already released two albums before: each of them focusing on three different Final Fantasy games, I-III and IV-VII.

TRACKLIST

  • OP1 Ami (From “FINAL FANTASY VIII”) -Nobuo Uematsu | 4:01
  • OP2 Fight On! (From “FINAL FANTASY VII) - Nobuo Uematsu | 3:02
  • OP3 Cosmo Canyon (From “FINAL FANTASY VII) - Nobuo Uematsu | 3:06
  • OP4 the Man with the Machine Gun (From “FINAL FANTASY VIII) - Nobuo Uematsu | 3:26
  • OP5 Not Alone (From “FINAL FANTASY IX) - Nobuo Uematsu | 3:32
  • OP6 Liberi Fatali (From “FINAL FANTASY VIII) - Nobuo Uematsu | 3:20
  • OP7 Words Drowned by Fireworks (From “FINAL FANTASY VII) - Nobuo Uematsu | 3:40
  • OP8 Festival of the Hunt (From “FINAL FANTASY IX) - Nobuo Uematsu | 3:29
  • OP9 Force Your Way (From “FINAL FANTASY VIII) – Nobuo Uematsu | 3:21
  • OP10 Roses of May (From “FINAL FANTASY IX) -Nobuo Uematsu | 4:08
  • OP11 Opening – Bombing Mission (From “FINAL FANTASY VII) -Nobuo Uematsu | 4:21
  • OP12 Melodies of Life (From “FINAL FANTASY IX) - Nobuo Uematsu | 3:46

 

Language’s Red Single Out Now Worldwide | Language x Square Portal

Are you ready for some indie music goodness!?
Language’s Red Single is out now – worldwide!

You can pick up the new Red Single which contains two songs, Silencia and Soft Moments, only for €1.45/$2.00/£1.19  from BandCamp. The tracks are available in many formats, from normal quality MP3 to superior FLAC. Red Single is also available on iTunes for €2.59.

By critics, Red Single is described as “a great electronic journey, which takes its listener through the mysterious and ambient outerspace. It combines modern sounds to the past, even brings cool video game music influence to it.” The vocals are praised for being “very soft and dark at the same time, bringing something cool even to indie music scene.” When talked about the production quality: “If this was a single album released, for example, by Daft Punk, it would be praised and already on the top. Language did something really amazing with Silencia and Soft Moments.”

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Who are they?

Language is an electronic pop band from Tokyo, Japan formed in 2009. The band consists of Kaori (Vocal), Yosuke Kakegawa(Guitar/Computer), Naoyuki Honzawa(Bass/Computer). They play and produce music with hybrid manner of both electronic and live sounds inspired by eclecticism through a diversity of their musical backgrounds including dance music, electronica and indie rock.


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Square Portal staff was very impressed by Language’s previous work on Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, and with Magure and Northern Lights albums. That’s why, we’ve planned special projects such as an interview with the band! In it, we will be talking about their new music and work on Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, and how did working with Final Fantasy and Mitsuto Suzuki feel. More information about this project coming soon!

One of our editors created cool wallpapers out from Red Single’s cover. Feel free to use them!

Language’s Red Single Premiere | Listen Now | Out 23rd April

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Language’s Red Single will be finally out tomorrow! To celebrate the upcoming release, the band has released a live session music video for both songs on the single album. Now you can get a full experience of “Silencia” and “Soft Moments”! Please, enjoy!

The Red Single is the first release of Language‘s RGSeries“, which consist of six tracks released in three digital single albums: Red, Green and Blue.  ‘Green Single‘ and ‘Blue Single‘ will be out late May and June 2014. The Red Single will be available on BandCamp and iTunes!

Many people were introduced with Language’s music while playing Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.  One of their songs was Ouroboros Festival, which is played in Yusnaan during the night time. However, they have released music before such as Northern Lights and Magure albums. Magure is available on iTunes. Remember that Red Single will be out tomorrow!

Language Announces A New Single | Out on Wednesday

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We are very excited to reveal that Language will be releasing a brand new single this Wednesday! Not only that – Their new album will be out this year!

The new single will be calledRed Singleand it contains two brand new songs:Silencia” and “Soft Moments“. The Red Single is the first release of Language‘s RGB Series“, which consist of six tracks released in three digital single albums: Red, Green and Blue.  ‘Green Single‘ and ‘Blue Single‘ will be out late May and June 2014.

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Red Single Cover Art – Includes songs “Silencia” and “Soft Moments”

As said, RED SINGLE will be out on iTunes on Wednesday! It will be possible to pick it up from their Bandcamp page as well! We will be sharing links to the music release once available! 

DID YOU KNOW?

Language collaborated with Mitsuto Suzuki on Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII soundtrack. One of their songs was Ouroboros Festival, which is played in Yusnaan during the night time. Get hyped about the upcoming single release and pick up / listen to their previous album Magure on iTunes. Below you can also watch their music video for “Hikari”, which is part of Magure collection.
The Official announcement by Language will be made later today! Check out their official website, and follow on Twitter and Facebook!

 

“SQ Swing” Album Revealed | Square Enix Game Music Gets Jazzed Up

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has listed a new Jazz album coming from Square Enix! The new “SQ  Swing” album contains jazz versions and new arrangements of songs from series such as Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger and SaGa. The product page describes the album as a nostalgic journey where the music, we have been listening to in our favorite games, will be experienced in a new way.

SQ Swing will be released on 28th May in Japan.

IMERUAT’s New Album “Propelled Life” Is Now Available on iTunes!

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IMERUAT IS FINALLY BACK! Masashi Hamauzu (FINAL FANTASY XIII ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK COMPOSER) and Mina’s band has made a comeback with a brand new album called “Propelled Life” which is out now – Worldwide!

IMERUAT’s new album is now available on iTunes! You can download “Propelled Life” for €5.94/$5.94/£4.74! Search “Imeruat” from iTunes or  you can use links below that should get you to the right iTunes page!

The physical version which contains a special book will be released soon too!

Ealier this year, IMERUAT released a music video for “TeNiOE“. It was directed by  Shoko Takada and it’s now available on YouTube. They have also released a new music video for another song from the new album, Propelled Life. Watch IMERUAT CALISTHENICS No.4 TOKACHI Version music video below!

Last year, Imeruat also worked on Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII soundtrack and as collaboration they created a song called “Crimson Blitz” that was used in the very first trailer and later part of the official soundtrack. Masashi Hamauzu was the main composer for Final Fantasy XIII and worked with Naoshi Mizuta and Mitsuto Suzuki on Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Lighting Returns Original Soundtracks! Mina Sakai is the singer for the “Sulyya Springs”, “Will to Fight”, and “Gapra Whitewood” tracks from Final Fantasy XIII.

FOLLOW IMERUAT!

 

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Original Soundtrack Plus Now Available on iTunes

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Original Soundtrack has been released in Japan but surprisingly it’s already available WORLDWIDE via iTunes. The additional soundtrack contains 25 new songs that weren’t included in the original 4CD release.

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Buy Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII OST+  for €8.99/$9.99 from iTunes! If you haven’t already bought the full soundtrack which contains over 70 songs, it’s also available for €15.99/$19.99!

Pre-orders for the physical version of the soundtrack plus will be available soon on Square Enix Stores!

New Final Fantasy XV “Omnis Lacrima” Details

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While  we’re still waiting for the actual song to leak online, let’s have a closer look at people who worked on this new song called “Omnis Lacrima”.  The song was first used in the gameplay trailer of Final Fantasy XV back in E3 2013.

According to people, who have got their hands on memoria / The Very Best Of Yoko Shimomura, Tetsuya Nomura has written the original lyrics for “Omnis Lacrima”, and the composing is done by Yoko Shimomura herself. The final orchestration has been done by Kaoru Wada.

Other instrument players and people involved in the project:

Strings: Masatsugu Shinozaki Group
Comtrabass: Jun Saito
Piano: Shinko Ogata
Flute: Takashi Asahi
Oboe: Satoshi Shoji
Clarinet: Tadashi Hoshino
Fagotto: Masashi Maeda
Horn: Masato Yoshinaga, Masato Abe, Yoshiyuki Uema
Trumpet: Shigeo Ohkura, Kazuhiro Ishikawa, Hajime Someya
Trombone: Hiroyuki Odagiri, Yuri Iguchi, Koichi Nonoshita
Tuba: Kazuhiko Sato
Percussion: Takadumi Fujita, Mari Katoke, Marie Ooishi
Harp: Yo Saito
Choir: OMNIS LACRIMA Choir

Recorded & Mixed Engineer: Masahiro Tamada
Recorded by AVACO CREATIVE STUDIOS INC

 Memoria / The Very Best Of Yoko Shimomura is available in Japan tomorrow and in West in April .

Memória – The Very Best of Yoko Shimomura Tracklist & Samples

This month will be extra busy for the of  Square Enix Music since they are preparing to launch Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Soundtrack, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Soundtrack Plus and Memoria in upcoming weeks!

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Memória – The Very Best of Yoko Shimomura is described as a conceptual successor to Drammatica.  It will feature orchestral recordings from the series such as Kingdom Hearts, Super Mario RPG, Heroes of ManaFront Mission, Legend of Mana and LIVE A LIVE.

Check out the tracklisting below and listen to four music excerpts that are streaming on the official album website.

1. Dearly Beloved, Kingdom Hearts
2. Beware the Forest’s Mushrooms, Super Mario RPG


3. Kiss of Jealousy LIVE A LIVE
4. Ring of Revolving Fate, Heroes of Mana


5. Elegie, Front Mission
6. Vector to the Heavens, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days


7. Dragon Killer Medley, Legend of Mana
8. A.Y.A., Parasite Eve


9. Pain the Universe, Legend of Mana
10. Megalomania, LIVE A LIVE
11. Song of MANA, Rise of Mana
12. Goodbye Geno, Super Mario RPG
13. Omnis Lacrima (Final Fantasy XV)
14. The Masked (Demons’ Score)
15. Kiss of Jealousy instrumental, (LIVE A LIVE)
16. Megalomania instrumental (LIVE A LIVE)

Thank you, Nobuoo, for providing the translation!

Yoko Shimomura’s Memoria Album Will Have A Final Fantasy XV Bonus Track

Composer Yoko Shimomura, who is the main composer for the upcoming games Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts 3, will release a new album memória! / The Very Best Of Yoko Shimomura on March 26th 2014. 

Thanks to the heads up from aibo, a bonus track list has been recently added to the official website which lists a new Final Fantasy XV track titled OMNIS LACRIMA. (it means “Every Tears/All the tears/Everyone’s tear”)

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What do you think, is it one of the tracks that were played during the E3 announcement trailer and gameplay footage? Or is it an entirely new one we haven’t heard before? Nevertheless, we’re excited to hear more official Final Fantasy XV music!

Thanks for the community side giving other options for the translation. :)

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Soundtrack Plus Pre-Orders Opened for West – Coming in April! [NA]

Release: APRIL 2014

An extension of the original LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII OST, LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII Original Soundtrack – PLUS features tracks not found in the original soundtrack and also features arrangements of in-game songs all packed into one CD. Composers Masashi Hamauzu, a familiar name to the FINAL FANTASY XIII series, Naoshi Mizuta, who previously worked on FINAL FANTASY XI and composer for The 3rd Birthday, Mitsuto Suzuki, return after working on FINAL FANTASY XIII-2.

Number of Tracks: 25
Total Length: TBD

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Pre-order Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Soundtrack Plus from here! [North American only]

Note: Expect European pre-orders to open soon! We will update you once Square Enix confirms it.

Memória! / The Very Best of Yoko Shimomura Cover Art & Vector to the Heavens Sample

The website of Memória! / The Very Best of Yoko Shimomura has been updated with the cover art of the album. A new  song has been added to play in the background. The fans of Kingdom Hearts series may recognize the song, Vector to the Heavens, which plays in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days.

The release of the record is set  to happen on 26th March, 2014.

meriaSquare Enix recently announced a new album coming from Yoko Shimomura (The composer of Kingdom Hearts series and Final Fantasy XV). The new album is called “Memória” / The Very Best of Yoko Shimomura. It contains music by Shimomura from her past work such as Kingdom Hearts, Legend of Mana, Front Mission, Parasite Eve, Live A Live and Seiken Densetsu.

Listen to a Brand New Song “Midnight Mix” from Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII OST Plus

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Original Soundtrack Plus will be released on 26th March, 2014 and new samples are being shared on the official website but also by the composers themselves. Naoshi Mizuta has updated his personal Square Enix Music blog and decided to share a new song, simply called “Midnight Mix“.

Around the world of Nova Chrysalia, you can find bards singing and playing music. “Midnight Mix” is a remix of one of the bard songs. Naoshi Mizuta states on his blog that it’s great to finally share a complete experience of the soundtrack with the fans.