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Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island – “Crystalline Caverns” (arr. McVaffe)

September 19, 2010

Here’s another old favorite. I loved Yoshi’s Island for the SNES, and while the Athletic theme is by far the most widely known, I have a soft spot for the “Underground BGM”. OCRemix staple McVaffe‘s arrange comes from 2002 and is a nice blast from the past.

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island – “Crystalline Caverns” (arr. McVaffe)

“Crystalline Caverns” follows the same method as Koji Kondo’s original, possessing a meandering flow through the underground that turns and twists winding paths through the earth. The caverns are big, hollow, and full of shining rock. The piece certainly has an American feel through the bubbling synth beat and the calming swish of the drums and cymbals. However, what really makes it stand out is the minimal acoustic piano that echoes and tiptoes along with the beat, seeking a path through the dark. Though there is no piano solo, there is a nice synth break at 2:25.

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