Kaom’s Dream from Path of Exile

My boyfriend and I have been playing Path of Exile together since the beginning of 2017; being a long distance couple has led to a search for things to play together online when we skype, as a way to interact together when we’re so physically apart. We’ve loved playing the online multiplayer fantasy game Path of Exile together, and I discovered it’s incredibly interesting soundtrack.

They’re often very long tracks and very atmospheric, but it you’re a writer like me, that’s great news. I love songs that aren’t too short, that you can get lost in. This is one of my favorite tracks so far. It’s eery, heavy, and dark, yet uses enough percussion to keep the beat steady and engaging. I love how tingling this track sounds; you can taste the smog in the air and feel a growing apprehension build. Then it softens out towards the end, mellowing and quiet, yet still eery and sad. It delicious.

~Jamie

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Trailer Music || Exodus: Gods and Kings

Firstly, this is fantastic music for a trailer. It hits all the right notes perfectly. I get chills almost every single time I listen to this song. It’s so haunting and grows to such an epic sound by its end. I love it so much. I also hold it very dear to my heart because it’s brought much of my own writing to vivid life in my imagination, more so than a lot of other songs. That sounds so dramatic, but as a writer, I cling to whatever can do that for me. I can see imagery of my own fantasies, vividly, to this piece of music. I just love that.

~Jamie

Amaranth by Nightwish (Orchestra Vs Original)

As a young teenager, I remember the thrill of discovering Amaranth, my first favorite metal song, for the first time: it was raw, harsh, sweet, and aggressive all at the same time. I absolutely loved it. I still know almost all the words by heart and my body knows every beat to dance to. It’s just such a great song.

Interestingly enough, not long after I discovered it, I heard an orchestra version of the same song, and wow. It’s so different…and yet STILL SO GOOD…just in another way. The heavy electric guitar is replaced by a chorus of angelic voice and harps and strings and brass. It’s a phenomenal version to an already awesome song and yet it changes it in so many ways. I absolutely LOVE the comparison!

I think every single person can listen to these two songs, at least like one of them. I’m slightly partial to the metal version still, but only by a bit.

~Jamie

Returning by Ryan Taubert (emotional music)

I found this saved my “watch later” playlist on YouTube and I’m so glad I got to revisit it. It’s first half is warm, soothing, and slow with some very gentle piano and strings. Then the second half comes in, still warm, but also full of light and hopeful and joyous. We hear an oriental influence in the melody and the tempo and beat picks up dramatically. It’s such a joy to hear the transistions in the sound. It’s truly an emotional piece! ❤

~Jamie