The Final Recordings by Chromelodeon
There is a band that broke up just about two years ago this month. Chromelodeon is that band, and even to this day their impact on video game rock and chiptune musicians and fans is still felt. Because of the anniversary of this band’s departure from the world, I feel it is my duty to highlight their last album, The Final Recordings.
The album opens with the upbeat Polygon Sun. The song is a great introduction to the Chromelodeon sound, and is a fun synthy trip through any variation of a video game world. This song leads to Higgeldy Piggeldy, a track that kicks off heavy and drum driven but leads into more soaring sounds and come back down to some mesmerizing guitar work. Wackadelly is the third track, and dives into it’s gentler tones right away and has more of that high in the sky feel that all the tracks seem to have in common.
G.A.H. kicks off the second half of the album with some great drum work, and some synths that would fit perfectly into the cave area of any classic 16-bit RPG. It builds to a pitch that makes you feel like you’ve reached that dungeons final boss battle. It then abruptly fades out into Aluminum. It starts with a spacey theme that will remind you of soothing views of galaxies and distant planets. It doesn’t stay that way for long though, as the full song kicks in. With the sweeping guitars you suddenly fill as if you are blasting off among those same planets and stars. This song builds and dives into the closer. Triangular is the final song on this amazing bands final album. It surely does not disappoint. Also the longest track on the album, it kicks off with a lot of energy which is maintained throughout the song, while the guitar and chiptune sounds are free to experiment and play over the track. At about a minute from the end the track slows as instruments fade off coming to an amazingly somber end to the album.