|Sora no Woto Original Soundtrack
|Sora no Woto
|Michiru Ooshima, Kalafina, Yuki Kajiura, Haruka Tomatsu
Matthieu Ladouce, William Walker
|March 24, 2010
|1. Une Lumiere Envoutante
|2. Ciel Bleu
|4. Servante du Feu
|Michiru Ooshima, Matthieu Ladouce
|6. Volupte du Soir
|8. Amazing Grace
|Michiru Ooshima, William Walker
|9. Au Coin du Feu
|10. Un Bol D’Air
|11. Souvenir Perdu
|12. Le Pont de Pierre
|13. Ce Jour-la
|14. Relique Abandonnee
|15. Le Peril
|16. En Ruines
|17. Le Paysage en Bordure de Lac
|18. Un Oubli Retentissant
|19. Sur le Chemin de Retour
|20. La Tempete
|21. La Voie a Suivre
|22. Ambiance Feutree
|24. Apres la Pluie, le Beau Temps
|25. Bruine Assassine
|26. Hikari no Senritsu
|Kalafina, Yuki Kajiura
|27. Girls! Be Ambitious (TV Size)
Review: The acoustic guitar comes in softly, playing a Spanish-styled melody that brings to mind the longing people have for a once-glorious past that now lies in ruins. It’s a painful scene to look upon, as people struggle to survive in a world where the geopolitical situation constantly teeters on the brink of war. “Une Lumiere Envoutante” opens up Sora no Woto’s soundtrack on a decidedly melancholy note through its dirge-like melody, and we feel that overwhelming sense of sadness envelope us. There is a glimmer of hope, yes, but its tone reinforces the feeling that the characters must stubbornly cling to their ideals and fight to achieve the happy, peaceful end they seek.
Une Lumiere Envoutante
[audio: 01 Soranowoto.mp3]
Through these mournful tones, the opening track conveys the breadth of Sora no Woto’s setting and its overarching plotline. It etches into our minds the images of the blasted landscape, wrecked by some phenomenon that the creators never reveal, but that we could guess at. That the music is capable of doing all this is a testament to Michiru Ooshima’s skill in the composer’s chair. Listening to this album brings back fond memories of her work for Fullmetal Alchemist, a series that was just as despondent, which required that she be able to convey the depths of sorrow and despair like she does here. Those of you who have seen Sore no Woto know that there are lighter moments to be had and those moments are present in the soundtrack. However, the melancholy tracks stand out quite a bit, serving as a reminder of how tattered the world has become.
“Servante du Feu” drives that point home adeptly through its tragic tone which tugs upon one’s heartstrings. In listening to this track, one cannot shake off the mournful feelings that emanate from this ode dedicated to those who willingly made the sacrifice in defense of the town. By conveying the extent of life’s ephemerality through the vocals and allowing us to feel the town’s grief, the way “Servante du Feu” draws out the emotion from the listener is similar to Fullmetal Alchemist’s “Brothers,” and its flawless execution makes it one of Ooshima’s best songs to date.
Servante du Feu
[audio: 04 Soranowoto.mp3]
Yet, the wellspring of hope is always there and nowhere does it manifest more inspiringly than in “Amazing Grace.” I’m especially mesmerized by this piece, from the trumpet solo that feels like a clarion call for peace, to the solidarity that builds up as the strings and the rest of the orchestra join in to lend their voices to the cause. Just listening to it is soul-stirring; you can feel the hate dissipate away as your spirits are refreshed and lightened as the trumpet and strings summon that sense of profound of joy which bursts forth, leaving you to gaze on in wonder as the world’s prospects brighten considerably.
[audio: 08 Soranowoto.mp3]
Furthermore, the many bright, energetic tracks scattered in this album work well along with “Amazing Grace” to show that even in these troubled times, people can still muster their energy and optimism towards building that better future. “Ciel Bleu” uses the strings beautifully to capture Kanata’s enthusiasm and energy. The enjoyable mood it depicts is absolutely infectious; I find myself being drawn in the way it playfully captures the main character’s gusto for seeking new experiences as she immerses herself into her new surroundings. “Un Bol d’Air” is equally enthralling. Initially starting out with a militaristic fanfare that you might hear at the start of a parade, this track makes way for a jaunty, whimsical melody that conveys the city’s festive mood. The strings fill this piece with life and the energy it radiates leaves you feeling elated as the melancholy tracks that came before seem like nothing more than a distant dream.
Ciel Bleu[audio: 02 Soranowoto.mp3]
Un Bol d’Air
[audio: 10 Soranowoto.mp3]
Through this mixture of the mellow and the melancholy, the despondent and the delightful, Michiru Ooshima once again demonstrates her mettle in Sora no Woto’s soundtrack. The mournful tracks pack a considerable punch like her compositions for Fullmetal Alchemist while her lighter, bouncier fare evokes the playfulness of George Gershwin’s music (thanks to Nick for pointing this out), but it comes together really well, making this soundtrack a keeper as it kept me engaged from start to finish.