SimCity seems to always fit in some breathtaking soundtracks, and so even if I’ve never played some of the games (such as, at the original time this was written out, 4), I’ll still happily hear and enjoy its music.
“No Gridlock” is a highlight: Seriously hypnotic from the moment the piano first hits all the way to when numerous other chiming other instruments have been added. It is the passage of time writ unto sound, tailor-made for a time lapse video compressing the entirety of a year’s happenings into the span of eight minutes.
Listening to it these days, between the repetitive and slowly shifting melodic patterns, the emphasis on rhythm even without a single drum to be found, and the gradual layering of instruments into an intricate tapestry, I think it majorly foreshadowed my then-recent affinity for minimalist music—Steve Reich, Phillip Glass, Terry Riley, and so on—even before I knew of the term.
RedStripe Loved Trax—originally from days of Tumblr past—is a series about the music Justin adores, with special emphasis on songs from (or introduced by) video games and anime.