In the Mist, You Were There

The island bathes in the sun’s bright rays.
Distant hills wear a shroud of grey.
A lonely breeze whispers in the trees.
Sole witness to history.

In a continuation of pleasant music from Fumito Ueda’s games, today we can listen to selected tracks from ICO. Last time I featured the prologue from Shadow of the Colossus, a sweeping composition featuring a flute soloist, choir and full orchestra. ICO‘s music is small by comparison, carrying a warm acoustic feel that could come out of a personal studio.

Let’s begin with the backbone of the score, “Castle in the Mist

Track 04 Castle in the Mist, by Michiru Ōshima.

This next piece, “You Were There” plays during the finale, end credits and epilogue of the game. If you are worried about spoilers, no need to fret; it won’t tell you how it ends!

Track 16 You Were There, by Michiru Ōshima.

The island bathes in the sun’s bright rays.
Distant hills wear a shroud of grey.
A lonely breeze whispers in the trees.
Sole witness to history.

Fleeting memories rise,
From the shadows of my mind.
Sing “Nonomori,” endless corridors…
Say “Nonomori,” hopeless warriors…
You were there…
You were there…

Am I forever dreaming?
How to define the way I’m feeling.

You were there.
Countless visions they haunt me in my sleep…
You were there.
Though forgotten all promises we keep…

Slaves to our destiny.
I recall a melody.
Sing “Nonomori,” seasons lit with gold…
Say “Nonomori,” legends yet untold…
You were there…
You were there…

Happiness follows sorrow.
Only believing in tomorrow.

You were there.
Countless visions they haunt me in my sleep…
You were there.
Though forgotten all promises we keep…

The island bathes in the sun’s bright rays.
Distant hills wear a shroud of grey.
A lonely breeze whispers in the trees.
Sole key to this mystery…

Music composed by Michiru Ōshima and Pentagon. Featured vocal performance by Libera soloist Stephen Geraghty in “You Were There,” with lyrics written by Lynne Hobday. Guitar, upright electric bass, mandolin, bouzouki, and ukelele performed by Hitoshi Watanabe. See ICO: Melody in the Mist for more.


Header image sourced from user uploads in the TeamICO FANDOM Wiki.

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