Tribute Album "echo" pays tribute to NieR Replicant score

Jerry on 2011-06-23
In 2010, Square Enix published action role-playing game NieR Replicant exclusively for the PlayStation 3 console in Japan. A variant catering to the sensibilities of a Western audience, entitled NieR Gestalt, came to the Xbox 360, and starred an older male protagonist. Gestalt received an English-language localization for the Microsoft console, simply titled "NieR."

The NieR series' music, composed by Keiichi Okabe and his music studio Monaca, gained a larger international following with the publication of Nier Automata. Coinciding with the tenth anniversary of the series, Square Enix announced a partnership with developer Toylogic to create an enhanced port of NieR Replicant, featuring additional music and gameplay features, for Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

The compact disc publication of Square Enix's Tribute Album -echo- came in September of 2011 in Japan. Featuring twelve arrangements of music from NieR Replicant, the album reinterprets themes from the role-playing game, arranged by popular Japanese artists working outside the game studio system, while also including the participation of Drakengard's composers Nobuyoshi Sano and Takayuki Aihara.

Other participating musicians include Sexy-Synthesizer, Schroeder-Headz, sasakure.UK and millstones. Their arrangements of Final Fantasy and other role-playing game themes featured in the developer's "SQ" series of game arrangement albums, including the chiptune themed "SQ Chips" and laid-back "SQ Cafe" compilations.

NieR Tribute Album -echo- YouTube playlist uploaded by Square Enix

Photo modeling for the album art is by Drakengard and NieR Replicant director Yoko Taro. Additional composition for the NieR Replicant soundtrack is by Takafumi Nishimura of Cavia, and Kakeru Ishihama and Keigo Hoashi of Monaca.

Excerpts of music from NieR Tribute Album -echo- are streaming online, via the Ototoy distributor in Japan and on YouTube, courtesy of the publisher. The compact disc release can be purchased domestically through CDJapan, while the digital album is streaming on Apple Music and Amazon Music Unlimited.

Our translation, from the product page:
NieR Gestalt and NieR Replicant have had a sweeping impact on the game music scene. With this tribute album spanning twelve tracks total, artists specializing in different music genres perform covers of that source material. Participants include world's end girlfriend, sasakure.UK and Schroeder-Headz, artists active in the music scene, and also Nobuyoshi Sano and Takayuki Aihara, music composers of Square Enix action RPG Drakengard.

CDJapan - NieR Tribute Album -echo-

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