Today’s track is one that will whisk you away to fantastical world, one where labyrinthine castles jut from the desert sand, the rules of time can be bent, and princes and princesses must make uneasy alliances that eventually blossom into romance. That’s right, folks, it’s from Ubisoft’s 2003 magnum opus, Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time.
Titled “Tower of Dawn,” this piece plays during many combat encounters within the game but is most notable for accompanying the eventful elevator ride to the top of the Vizier’s tower late in the game, as well as the penultimate fight sequence that occurs after something rather tragic happens (no, I won’t spoil even a 2003 game!). The use of female vocals and string instruments immediately give it the necessary Persian feel, while the general tempo gives it a frantic sense of action and urgency that lends itself well to pressing scenarios and obstacles. Have a listen below and let us know what you think!
The track was composed by Stuart Chatwood, who has provided compositions for all the Prince of Persia games to date and is bass guitarist and keyboarder of The Tea Party, a Canadian band that specializes in their own unique style deemed “Moroccan Roll.” You can check out his Last.FM profile here.