Fresh of the announcement earlier this month of a dedicated album inspired by Hideo Kojima’s highly-anticipated new game dubbed Death Stranding: Timefall (Original Music from the World of Death Stranding), singer-songwriter Au/Ra and producer Alan Walker have unveiled new track ‘Ghost.’
Ghost, the second song from the album released to the public, follows Scottish trio CHVRCHES’s titular track ‘Death Stranding’, dropped a few weeks back. It’s a morose pop anthem that channels the detachment of solitude with snappy snares, light synth work, and staccato stringed motifs.
From the two tracks we’ve heard to date, it’s clear the album will tap into a broad tapestry of musical styles. With Bring Me The Horizon’s heavy guitars and Major Lazer’s dance floor-ready melodies on the horizon, it’s set to get even more eclectic.
In a press release for the track, Au/Ra reveals a few clues about the game while providing insight into the environment in which she penned the lyrics. It reads;
At that time, I was feeling very disconnected from friends and family, and I needed to write something about that feeling of isolation. It ties in with the concept of Death Stranding — the isolation and disconnection in that world and its people, that the protagonist, Sam Porter, is trying to connect again.
It sounds like we’ll need to brace ourselves for lonely slogs between reaching remote patches of civilization. We already know that Death Stranding is a game about one man’s journey to reconnect a fractured America, but Au/Ra’s take hammers home the sense of purpose behind Sam’s journey, stressing the weighty burden of isolation.
In any case, we don’t have all that long to wait as Sony and Kojima Productions have somewhat bullishly opted to lift the review embargo on Nov. 1, a full week ahead of release.