Apr 21, 2011


Have you already played Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game? What do you think of the retro video game atmosphere? The graphics, the gameplay, and something very important ... the music. After this brief introduction I guess you can infer that I will not talk about the Scott Pilgrim game, but their successful OST. Who composed it?

The responsible of this great work is the NY chiptune punk band 'Anamanaguchi'. This group, although not very known in Spain, has managed to reinvent chiptune music, combining the sounds of a 1985 hacked NES with common instruments, creating the perfect blend of traditional and digital.

Although the similarity of their themes to the 80s videogame music is obvious, the band says that this isn’t their main inspiration, as their songwriting is mostly driven by "simple pop stuff" such as Weezer and the Beach Boys.

Due to the success of the Scott Pilgrim videogame OST, they are constantly associated with it, and the pixel-art artist Paul Robertson, who created the sprites of the game and has also done some work for the group.

The band has four members: songwriter Peter Berkman, bassist James DeVito, guitarist Ary Warnaar and drummer Luke Silas.

In closing I will say that Anamanaguchi is, if not the best, one of the best chiptune music bands that have passed through my ears. Totally recommended.

  • Dawn Metropolis (2009)
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game - OST (2010)
  • Power Supply (2006)
  • Airbrushed (2010)
  • My Skateboard Will Go On (2010)
  • Aurora (Meet me in the Stars) (2010)
  • Airbrushed (RAC Remix) (2010)
  • Mess (2010)
You can see more on their official website, their MySpace or following them on Twitter.

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