The Final Recordings by Chromelodeon

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.

If you were to survey most folks in the video game inspired music community, you would be hard pressed to find a person with anything but respect, love, and reverence for Chromelodeon, and if you listen to this album, you will get a great idea of why that is. The final album was released to much anticipation at their final show ever, and only 100 copies were made and all of them sold out at that show. Almost exactly one year later, the chiptune label II (pronounced “pause” iimusic.net) re-released the album as a free download (which you can download through this link) to all the eager folks who were unable to secure one of the original copies.

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.

Chromelodeon were together from 2000-2007 and established themselves as an amazing band, performing with many other seminal video game and chiptune groups. They are definitely a defining band in this short era in this small subsection of music and everyone should give them a serious listen. You can download their album free at iimusic.net and I hope you do. I will surely be doing a lengthy write up on this band as a whole in the future as well. Also, you can enjoy the following youtube video of a performance of Polygon Sun live.

 

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