Darker than Black OST – Kuro no Keiyakusha Gekiban

 

Waiting…waiting…This is one of those rare moments that I have ever waited for an animation soundtrack.  The song that strikes me is the haunting tune at the end of episode 2, supposedly sung by Mai Yamane, as whispered  in the anime community.

Darker than Black Gekiban finally debuted on the 25 Jul 06, done by the famous Yoko Kanno, who apparently did many other famous anime soundtracks  such as Cowboy Bebob, and Ghost in the Shell. I feel like a total noob for not having hear about her before!  

Track List  

  1. GO Dark
  2. HOWLING(TV size) by Abingdon Boys School

  3. ハイヒールラナウェイ (High Heel Runaway)

  4. Tenderly

  5. シド (Shido / Visibility)

  6. Was

  7. Outside 

  8. No Ones Home by 山根麻以 (Mai Yamane)

  9. Guy

  10. ScatCat by 山根麻以 (Mai Yamane)

  11. ケイヤクシャ (Keiyakusha / Contractor)

  12. Shadow

  13. クロ (Kuro / Black)

  14. Deadly Work lyrics by James Wendt

  15. テンタイカンソク (Tentaikansoku / Astronomical Observation)

  16. BlueCat

  17. ツキアカリ (Tsukiakari / Moonlight) TV size ver. by Rie fu)

  18. Water Forest

  19. Blend in lyrics by James Wendt

  20. インのピアノ (In no Piano/Yin’s Piano)    

  21.   

    If you are looking for something with more ‘voomph’ and ‘loud’, this may not be your cup of tea. The OST first start off with some acid jazzy sounds with a variation of mostly jazz and guitar instrumental hits that reflect the film noir feel of the 70s, despite the anime’s end-of-the world setting..  The resonance of the acoustic guitar play gives a really good sense of loss and sadness.  The haunting song turns out to be No One’s Home by Mai Yamane, a dark and depressing hit. Every time the song is played, that scene of death just keeps appearing in my mind. 

    The rest of this soundtrack that are worth listening is Kuro (Black).  This sounds like the instrumental opening of the 1st episode where this young girl is looking up into the sky.  And there is Blend in Lyrics by James Wendt, I’m just wondeirng which episode did this song appear in.  Water forest gives you this weird feel of the another dimension with its augmented sounds in the opening.

    Of course, one should never miss out  the opening and ending themes for the first part of

    the show.  The 1st opening Howling by Abingdon Boys School just gives a loud roar to

    this otherwise understated anime show, and with the crystal voice of Reifu with Tsuki

    Akari  as ending, what else can we ask for more.  And it just happens the current 2 songs

    have not been added here.  Who knows, maybe we’ll get to see another OST for Darker

    than Black?

     Now, let us continue looking at falling stars again…….   

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