The game No Man’s Sky has split gamers and critics. While many have praised its technical achievements and the size of the game, others have criticised the game for its repetitiveness and monotony with its survival elements uninspiring and bland. However, one thing which has been unanimously praised is 65daysofstatic‘s soundtrack. The Brit post-rockers have always wanted to do a soundtrack and No Man’s Sky is the perfect game for their expansive and progressive sound. The two go hand in hand as the game’s huge scope fits perfectly with 65daysofstatic’s imagination and brilliant minds to create an epic, sweeping soundtrack.
No Man’s Sky: Music for an Infinite Universe attempts to answer the question, ‘what does forever sound like?’ and the band succeed with flying colours. I was left breathless by the ambition and magnitude of the album, from the grand scale of ‘Asimov’ to the beautiful closing notes of ‘End of the World Sun’; this breathtaking album is just a joy to listen to and a powerful experience. The album conjurers up images of spaceships flying through space, alien landscapes and solar storms emitting through space. The majestic beauty of the album makes this one of the best releases of the year, the album is inspiring, tear-inducing and packs serious gravitas. The album contains power and elegance in every note while inspiring the listener to explore and live life to the fullest. Alongside the soundtrack, the album contains a second album called Soundscapes. This companion piece of background music adds to the album with more interesting and dynamic spacey sounds, but at the same time is inferior to the main soundtrack. Two albums for the price of one clocking in at an hour and fifty minutes of music is an absolute steal.
The album is simply a magical, overwhelming and majestic experience. Without a single lyric, the album conveys a universe of emotions while being complex, challenging and boundary pushing. If space travel ever needed a soundtrack, this is the album.
Best Tracks: Monolith, Asimov, Blueprint for a Slow Machine and End of the World Sun
5. Blueprint for a Slow Machine
6. Pillars of Frost
7. Escape Velocity
8. Red Parallax
10. End of the World Sun
1. NMS_exteriorAtmos1 / False Suns
2. Tomorrow / Lull / Celestial Feedback
3. Departure / Shortwave / Noisetest
4. temporalDissent / ascension_test1 / koaecax
5. Borealis / Contrastellar
6. Outlier / EOTWS_Variation1