Hearts of Light Album Artwork
The GameLark music label has released Hearts of Light, a tribute album dedicated to the KINGDOM HEARTS series. It featuring music composed by Yoko Shimomura, Utada Hikaru, and Tsuyoshi Sekito arranged into diverse genres including classical and traditional eastern music, big band jazz, heavy metal, and fusion, the album's 15 tracks are woven into an adventurous tapestry, letting listeners relive their favorite moments from across the series.
"Hearts of Light is one of our most emotional listens, tapping into the moodier somber tracks from Kingdom Hearts collection while also incorporating its most passionate ones," explains album producer and contributing arranger Ro Panuganti. "There are so many stronger feelings conveyed by the artists with the album, and the result was one of our most comforting and cathartic releases yet. Listening to all of the tracks, as diverse as they are, is a touching experience I could not be happier with."
Several fan-favorite tracks from across the series are arranged in unique ways including "Traverse Town" performed by six bassoons, "Hikari" with some "math-rock" flair, and a heart-melting take of "Kairi" featuring electric piano and an electric wind instrument (EWI). The full track listing for Hearts of Light is as follows:
01. Blast Away! (KINGDOM HEARTS)
02. Sinister Shadows (KINGDOM HEARTS II)
03. Traverse Town (KINGDOM HEARTS)
04. Lazy Afternoons (KINGDOM HEARTS II)
05. Black Powder (KINGDOM HEARTS: Birth by Sleep)
06. Master, Tell me the Truth (KINGDOM HEARTS: Birth by Sleep)
07. Treasured Memories (KINGDOM HEARTS)
08. Hikari (KINGDOM HEARTS)
09. A Day in Agrabah (KINGDOM HEARTS)
10. Desinty Islands (KINGDOM HEARTS)
11. Kairi (KINGDOM HEARTS)
12. The 13th Struggle (KINGDOM HEARTS II)
13. Dearly Beloved (KINGDOM HEARTS)
14. Sanctuary (KINGDOM HEARTS II)
15. Vector to the Heavens (KINGDOM HEARTS 358/2 Days)
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