I’m a little late on this month’s list. Seven days into July and just now sitting down to write it and put everything together. Needless to say, I’ve had a busy June as I’m sure most of you have had as well. I’ve done lots of work on my Due North Audio site and also work for some friends but I was accompanied by some awesome music while I was doing all that work so here it goes.

I couldn’t get out of the video game soundtrack groove I was in for May for a week or so into June so there’s some “run off” so to speak before I got into some indie rock stuff. Check it out.

Prelude (Final Fantasy Series) – Nobuo Uematsu


One of my favorite games as a teenager was Final Fantasy VII so hearing Nobuo Uematsu take his classic theme for the series to an orchestra and choir in this recording was not only nostalgic, it was just plain awesome to hear.

Battle with the Stygian – Mike Reagan


I’m not sure now where I found this soundtrack from the Darksiders game but I’ve always been a fan of french horns making an entrance like the way this piece begins. Its the uneasiness and uncertainty moving into the steady beat that makes this so nerve racking. Then the low, slightly wobbly synth halfway through kicks up the uncertainty up a notch.

All Is Hell That Ends Well – Two Steps From Hell


This open track from the SkyWorld soundtrack is lives up to its title. It is from another world. I began by sort of listening to this song passively but it changes so much it steals your attention from whatever you’re doing. Its strong and powerful at the beginning then it backs off with a focus on string and piano staccatos, then back to the orchestra power but all of a sudden three quarters through the song it turns dubstep and slaps you in the face. I love songs that ruin your expectations.

Venter – Ben Frost


I found this track on a music blog early in the month and found its simplicity and minimalism in beat intriguing. It changes and builds slow but steady and keeps your attention the whole way.

Small Business – Watter


Similar to the Ben Frost track in an abstract way, this song builds but with more of a focus on guitars.

Lazaretto – Jack White


Finally a song with some vocals and lyrics, right?! And some pretty killer lyrics at that. The writing in this song from Jack White’s is very good and I really enjoy his hip hop style delivery he’s been doing recently.

Doppelgänger – The Antlers


The Antlers are a band that have snuck up on me. I haven’t really gone out of my way to listen to them but their last album and their EP before this album were really interesting and well done and this new album from them is no different. I really like that they’re expanding their sound with horns in this album.