Persona 2: Eternal Punishment – “Seven Sisters High School A” (ATLUS)April 25, 2010
“Seven Sisters High School A” is a nice easy listening piece from Persona 2: Eternal Punishment (2000) with smooth acoustic guitar and piano with a nice cello midline. The guitar lays the foundation as a rolling baseline while the piano layers on top like butterflies floating in air or water trickling down a stream. It’s slightly nostalgic. The dark underside of the world is forgotten as sunlight streams through the classroom windows to create a place of peace and learning. The track is divided into four parts, first an intro with a hollow wooden ‘pong’. The other three sections are defined more by changes in the texture of the guitar than the overlying piano melody, which smoothly transitions between segments.
My brother has insisted that there really aren’t many good tracks in the Persona 2 soundtrack, but this one is certainly worth the listen. The game was composed by a number of people, directed by Toshiko Tasaki, who has been working with the Persona series since the mid-90s, Kenichi Tsuchiya (Shin Megami Tensei III, Persona III FES), and Masaki Kurokawa. There are also two Persona 2 games, though the first has not been released officially in the US (oddly enough, I have a copy of Innocent Sin). The US version goes for quite a bit now, but ultimately 3 and 4 are much better titles.