Staying with Final Fantasy XIV and back in 2015, which was about a year and a half after the game re-launched, Square Enix launched the final major patch for the A Realm Reborn expansion titled Before The Fall.
I am a huge fan of Final Fantasy XIV and it’s music. It’s main composer Masayoshi Soken has created some fantastic music in the last 6 years of the game’s existence and he knocks it out of the park each and every expansion.
At the Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival in Paris (which I attended), it was announced that the dev team had collaborated with another Square-Enix developer, PlatinumGames, to bring a new 24-man raid with a crossover between Final Fantasy XIV and Nier: Automata titled YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse.
In my previous post, I wrote about listening to a new genre of music, Future Funk for the last couple of years. There has been a sub-genre of Future Funk though which has had a resurgence in the last 10 years, known as City pop.
City pop is a loosely defined subset of pop music that originated in Japan in the late 1970s.Wikipedia
Since the 2010s, city pop has gained an international online following as well as becoming a touchstone for the sample-based microgenres known as vaporwave and future funk.
One of the more popular songs that defines the genre is Mariya Takeuchi’s – Plastic Love.
Mariya is a Japanese singer and songwriter who has been performing since 1978. Her latest studio album, Trad, released in 2014 reaching Number 1 in the Japanese Music Charts.
The 65-year-old recently re-released one of her singles, Inochi No Uta (Song of Life) with a DVD of her live performance of the song.
Plastic Love was originally released back in 1984 which was on her 6th album, VARIETY.
A genre that I have been listening to a lot in the last couple of years has been “Future Funk”… ahem, I mean “Ｆｕｔｕｒｅ Ｆｕｎｋ 因為ヾ”
A genre born from the illustrious vaporwave sub-genre which was brought to popularity in the early parts of 2010’s with its sampling of music from the ’70s and ’80s English & Japanese pop and disco songs and the incorporation of synth-wave and other sub-genres of vaporwave and citypop.