Much like the FTL soundtrack, the Bastion soundtrack is catchy, unique, and filled to the brim with incredible tracks. It’s unquestionably my favorite album of all time, and I’m sure if some of you were to listen to the whole thing from start to finish, you might feel the same way. On paper, mixing Spaghetti Western-esque music, Eastern instrumentation, and hip-hop beats could lead to an auditory disaster. But composer Darren Korb deftly blends each of these elements, creating an unforgettable whole. Case in point? The game’s ‘main’ theme: In Case of Trouble.
In Case of Trouble is a perfect encapsulation of the Bastion soundtrack as a whole. It starts with a simple acoustic guitar riff, before the violins kick in and the guitar gets harder. For a moment, the guitar almost sounds like a synthesized beat. And then the hip-hop influences kick in. Although you could argue I’m being reductive here, this song is almost every track rolled into one. There isn’t quite as much Eastern influence here, but it’s easy to get an idea of whether you’d like the album just from this song. According to Supergiant Games – the developers of Bastion – Darren Korb will be returning to score their next game: Transistor. If this early sample is any indication, we’re in for a treat.
Again, like the FTL soundtrack, we’ll return to Bastion. For now, put this song on, lean back, relax, and pretend Rucks is narrating your life.