It's a bit late since St. Patricks day is over (not that I even celebrate it), but I wanted to share this pretty amazing album from Fall Reitaisai 2 with you guys. And while this is an instrumental album, it's not the one that I was planning to write about from my last post.
Floating Cloud is a touhou doujin circle that makes Irish Folk arrangements with live instruments. Pretty unique, as this circle is the first one I've heard with that kind of sound. If you've listened to Yasunori Mitsuda's works (Chrono Trigger/Cross, Xenogears), you'd notice some celtic influence in his music. If you like that, then definitely read on for the rest of the review. Otherwise, it'll be a great opportunity for me to introduce this circle to you guys!
The album opens off with an arrangement of Border of Life, Yukari's theme. It starts off very slowly but when it picks up, it's a pretty epic and festive sounding arrangement. There is a wide variety of moods in this album, ranging from the festive opening to the more somber folk in track #6. Of course, special mention goes out to track #8, which is an arrangement of Emotional Skyscraper. It's hard for me to imagine a folk arrangement of this theme, but Floating Cloud pulls it off very well.
The instrumental work on this album is fantastic! I probably can't actually name more than 2 instruments used in this album, but who cares as long as it sounds good? In addition, the sound quality and recording for this album is pretty top notch. With all that's going on in Irish folk, I could actually distinctly hear all the instruments and pick them apart!
Overall this circle and its albums is a very unique experience that I've had the pleasure to come across. There's no circle that's quite like Floating Cloud out there. Unique arrangements combined with excellent sound quality nets this album a...
Overall - 5/5 - As good as it gets.
If you liked this album, be sure to check out Floating Cloud's other works and perhaps Forest306 as he makes folk arrangements as well (mostly acoustic guitar based).
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