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P-Vock's Music Box: Pure Exhilaration

Hello and welcome back to P-Vock's Music Box, the weekly blog where I drop some sick beats to get you hyped for the weekend. Have you ever wanted to just fly through the air without care? To just feel the rush of the wind on your face as you breeze through the world light as a feather? Worry not, I've got the perfect music for you!

The two Ori games, subtitled "and the Blind Forest" & "Will of the Wisps" are two of the most jaw-droppingly gorgeous pieces of media ever created. As is the case with many Metroidvania games, you control the adorable little critter who is lighter than air, Ori, through dank caverns and deep forests through the bulk of these games. However, where this game really shines in my opinion is when the games let you loose. Sometimes as you exit caverns (or they come crumbling down), the wind just picks up little Ori and lets her freaking SOAR. The game suddenly shifts from a slow-paced, methodical adventure to a high-speed frantic escape. The music that joins you? Have a listen.

As this incredible tune rises and crescendos at lightning speed, Ori makes a mad dash through the air. Things are crumbling around you, rocks are flying everywhere, the wind is howling, and Ori is soaring away at high speeds. It is one of the most perfect moments I've ever experienced in any form of media. But I have to say, that's not the only reason I love this music.

There are tons of wonderful games that create a similar rush as you rush through the world. The music that accompanies these is often fantastic, but it is never memorable. It often feels like relatively generic epic film music that you forget an hour after you stop playing. This damn track lives in my head rent fucking free because of the absolutely incredible melody you hear thirty seconds in!

Ori composer Gareth Coker clearly knew how incredible this melody was, as it found its way into a track you hear much later on in the game. Just have a listen.

Chills. Every time I hear the opening notes to this theme and that damn melody, I get chills. Every hair on my body stands on end and I swear I feel a breeze. This is by far my favourite track from the Ori games and is definitely one of my all-time favourite tunes.

These tracks, much like the gameplay sequences they accompany, are purely exhilarating. I hope your weekend is anywhere near as incredible as this music, and I will see you right back here next week, with another suggestion from my music box. Stay brutal!

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