EXCLUSIVE // Harves’ Favourite Video Game Soundtracks

Composed of Matthew Wright (The Getaway Plan Frontman) and Samuel K Sproull (Japanese Wallpaper & Montgomery Engineer), duo Harves are already smashing the music industry. Brand new track ‘The River’ is finally here, and to celebrate the release, we had a chat to the boys about their favourite video game soundtracks.

1. Hotline Miami (PC) – (SK)

Synthwave came back in really, really hot at some stage and I’m pretty sure Hotline Miami was at the head of the front of the line. 

2. Bloodborne (PS4) – (SK)

The greatest game of all time, so of course the soundtrack is in here. The boss fights are seriously hectic and the grim af soundtrack is a big part of that. 

3. Death Stranding (PS4) – (SK)

This game and soundtrack is really influential to the way Matt and I make music. It’s not so much about the songs individually (altho BB’s Theme is perfection) – but more about the way the music helps to build the world and double down on the tons of melancholy. 

4. Mass Effect 2 (PS3/Xbox 360) – (SK)

Second greatest game of all time. Synth / Orchestra combos layered to perfection. Every time I hear ‘New Worlds’ I get chills of sci fi nostalgia and flashbacks of world map and menu diving.

5. Final Fantasy VIII (PS1) – (SK)

Nobuo Uematsu is probably the king of video game soundtracks. An absolute masterpiece from an artist at their peak.

6. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo 64) – (MW)

Koji Kondo has been responsible for so many important video game soundtracks. His body of work is seriously intimidating. OOT was such an incredibly engaging experience for the time, and still holds strong today. IMO This soundtrack was as important to the game as the gameplay itself.

7. The Last of Us (PS3) – (MW)

I’m a sucker for anything post apocalyptic. I really think The Last of Us took the genre and nailed it in nearly every way. The soundtrack work is equal parts grim and desperate- It’s perfect.

8. Silent Hill (Series) – (MW)

The Silent Hill series have some of the darkest, most disturbing soundtracks I’ve ever heard in any games. They also vary wildly in style. Some tracks are straight up Trip-Hop, some are full on Industrial-Ear-Bleeding-Noise-Core, and some are full on J-Pop vocal ballads. It’s a wild ride.

9. Journey (PS4) – (MW)

One of the most immersive and emotional experiences I’ve ever had in a game (I wept). It would be nowhere near the same without the accompanying OST. It starts orchestral, makes it’s way through beautiful minimal electronic arrangements and re-emerges as a massive triumphant symphony at the other end. All of this is executed with an incredibly seamless flow. I don’t think I’ve played a game like this since, and I don’t think I ever will.

10. Doom/Doom Eternal (PS4) – (MW)

Mick Gordon must have one of the funnest jobs on the planet. The soundtracks to these games make me wish demons were real and that I was DoomGuy. I don’t have a lot of room for metal in my life these days, but these arrangements are so well done, I can’t help but love them.

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