Part of what’s captivated the hundreds of thousands of people who’ve played through “Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP” has been Jim Guthrie’s haunting and picaresque music and sound design. The 8-bit action/RPG evokes a sense of mystery mostly due the lo-fi tonalities the indie stalwart was able to craft. As both a solo artist and part of Royal City, the Toronto native’s recording career has been cited as an influence on acts like Feist, The Arcade Fire and Broken Social Scene.
As previously noted, Guthrie used a long-gone PS1 to make the game’s music. It’s fitting and not just because the end result went back into a video game. The modular nature of the game’s music plays a big part in solving puzzles and winning boss fights. But, if you’ve already finished “S&S” and still want to revisit its tunes, then you’re in luck. The soundtrack became available today in a variety of formats. The ultra-collectible vinyl version with artwork by Craig D. Adams (a.k.a. Superbrothers himself) comes with a limited edition print by artist Cory Schmitz. For $30, you get the vinyl and digital downloads of 27 tracks, 14 from the album and 13 bonus songs. If you don’t want all that pesky physical media, you can get just the music on either Bandcamp or iTunes for $7.99 or $8.99 respectively .