New Album Turns Video Game Battle Music Into Jazzy Lullabies

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Due out on October 10, Prescription for Sleep: Fight For Your Dreams turns pulse-pounding battle themes from Final Fantasy XV, Undertale, Mega Man, Transformers: The Movie and more into the musical equivalent of sleepytime tea.


Battle music in games (and animated features) is generally crafted excite players, preparing them for a life-or-death struggle against the enemy. The sixth album in Scarlet Moon Records’ Game Music Lullabies series takes 11 iconic battle themes in the opposite direction. Metal Gear Solid/Bayonetta series composer Norihiko Hibino and Etrian Odyssey/PersonaQ performer Ayaki, who together form the saxophone/piano due Gentle Love, lend their talents to the remixed tunes, transforming desperate melodies and driving beats into something much more soothing.

Gentle Love.
Gentle Love.

Here are the 12 tracks included on Fight For Your Dreams, covering games from Super Metroid to Dark Souls, capping things off with an original composition.

  • 01. Veiled in Black (Final Fantasy XV)
  • 02. Boss (Mega Man 2)
  • 04. Battle with the Four Fiends (Final Fantasy IV)
  • 05. Those Imprisoned by Destiny (Chrono Cross)
  • 06. Mini-Boss (Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island)
  • 07. Autobot-Decepticon Battle (Transformers: The Movie (1986)
  • 08. Beasts as Black as Night (Wanderers from Ys: Ys III)
  • 09. Ornstein & Smough (Dark Souls)
  • 10. Intolerance (Raystorm)
  • 11. Mother Brain (Super Metroid)
  • 12. In a Better Place (Original)

My personal favorite track from the upcoming album takes one of my favorite pieces of musioc from the 1986 Transformers animated movie, Vince DiCola’s “Autobot-Decepticon Battle”, and turns it into a tune so relaxing I am falling asleep typing it up. Here’s a taste.

And here’s the original for comparison:

There’s a full version of the album’s take on Final Fantasy XV’s “Veiled In Black” available on Bandcamp, where the full album can be preordered for $10 ahead of next week’s release.

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In their limited disc collection for the Undertale soundtrack, Hibino said that eventually they’d do Megalovania, just not with his child that he played Undertale with. Murdering Sans wasn’t something you’d want to show, after all.

They did it. Hopefully without his child in the audio room.