Noragami: OST

 Noragami OST cover

01. Delivery; 02. Fluctuation; 03. 野良譚; 04. Peanut; 05. Quiet fear; 06. Recollection; 07. Lurk in the dark; 08. Soul chosen; 09. Afternoon usual; 10. Reproach; 11. Misogi, 12. Roar of God; 13. Blind spot; 14. Creepy; 15. Again; 16. Shadow dancing; 17. Grief; 18. Family; 19. Harmony; 20. Back alley; 21. Sorrow; 22. Corollary; 23. The One; 24. Conversation heart

Title: Noragami – Original Soundtrack ~Noragami no Oto~
Composer: Iwasaki Taku ☆ 岩崎琢

It’s a fusion of asian melodies and western beats as Iwasaki Taku delivers yet another masterpiece in the form of Winter 2014’s Noragami OST.

Time and again, Iwasaki Taku impresses with his amazing ability to compose music that is not only exquisitely beautiful, but also perfect for the series. And this OST is no different, as he once again proves that he is THE SOUNDTRACK MASTERIwasaki Taku has an extensive repertoire of some of the most stunning music I have ever had the pleasure of hearing (Witch Hunter Robin, GetBackers, Kuroshitsuji, Gatchaman Crowds (yes this was by a long shot, but since it’s Iwasaki, I am biased. So there), Rurouni Kenshin, etc.). His versatility shines through in each of his compositions, as each and every soundtrack is distinctly different from the other. And yet, at the same time, you can just tell that he is the genius behind each soundtrack. He has his own style, but he is such a chameleon with his compositions that one simply can’t help but be in awe just listening to his music. If you can’t already tell after those few sentences, let me spell it out clearly – I absolutely adore and worship this man’s musical prowess. Alrighty, on with gushing about the review of some of my favourite tracks in this OST.

 1. Delivery

This track takes us on a journey, travelling along the border of India and China, if there ever was one. Possibly my favourite in the OST, it is upbeat and yet totally chill at the same time. With its exotic blend of Asian instruments and electronic-like rhythm, east meets west in the most agreeable of harmonies and melodies. The horn(?)Japanese flute (shakuhachi), introduced at 0:22, carried with it a distinct oriental flavour, which was sustained by the use of the flute and other wind instruments in the middle as well as towards the end of the track. Also listen out for the beautiful use of the harp(?) throughout this piece. (update: yeah my bad, no horn.. just the flute heh (~_~;))

 2. Fluctuation

This is one of the slower and more subtly dramatic tracks of the OST, and very reminiscent of some of Iwasaki’s earlier works (Kuroshitsuji, GetBackers). As an arrangement done entirely for the piano, Iwasaki shows his mastery of the instrument in the simplest of ways. This was a right hand melody with left hand accompaniment piece, and truly shows listeners that simple is best. However, in all its simplicity, this piece also harbours such a distinct level of complexity. Living up to its name, there was an evident fluctuation of mood (especially in the transition from the first track to this track and the one after) and I could just FEEL so many conflicting emotions while listening to this track. While silence can at times be deafening, this quiet and mesmerizingly beautiful piece made a very loud and impressionable statement, and certainly had me hitting the replay button over and over again.

♪ 4. Peanut

If you enjoy para para as well as lounge music, then this is the track for you. The first half sounds like ‘dance’ time at a club, while the second half reminds me of a lounge scene right out of a Chinese film. Iwasaki clearly had too much fun doing the Gatchaman Crowds OST as it was evident in the first half of this piece that he was still hooked on the electro/dance/synth beats phase. However, it did seem as if he remembered this was a different soundtrack, and therefore very reluctantly pulled himself back to the oriental side of things. Despite the stark contrast, the transition from electro-dance to oriental-lounge was just pure smoothness. This piece was nicely done, with the first half building so much hype and the second half balancing all that energy with its own form of laid back mystery. Having said all that, there’s one thing that I do not understand about this track, and that would be the title. Why was it named peanut? *puzzled*

♪ 7. Lurk in the dark

I love this track. There’s something about it that speaks volumes to me in a way that I can’t describe. This piece caught my attention from the moment the very first notes of the recurring theme played. Upon hearing those high notes, two words came to mind: silent reverie. But the goodness doesn’t end there, because the piece gets some added oomph with the introduction of the beats; beats that heighten the senses; beats that ground the entire piece; beats that allow listeners to understand the gravity of the situation – and it was a really grave situation that Yukine put Yato in when this piece was played.

♪ 11. Misogi

This piece had me at the very first percussion beat – pure calmness and tranquillity. That, however, was the calm before the storm, because what follows is anything but. On the whole, this piece evoked a sense of quietened fear and urgency, through the instrumentation and the use of rhythm, which somehow just appeared to quicken in tempo with progression. The horn, coupled with the voices, made for a melodious and musical battle cry. Definitely apt for the fights scenes presented in the show. An upward motion in pitch of the main theme created so much tension throughout the piece. The tense atmosphere was made all the more pronounced by the repetition of said theme coupled with an emphasis on the beats in the background, only to reach an imperfect cadence(? I think..) before resolving in a peaceful ending. For the most part, the background very much reminded me of the track Flame in the Witch Hunter Robin OST, which is another of Iwasaki’s masterpieces.

20. Back alley

This track is just so much fun to listen to. Can’t you just envision some completely dodgy transaction going on in a dodgy alley? Because that is the exact picture that this track painted for me. This doesn’t have much melody to write about, but the beats are distinct and very catchy. The playfulness is further emphasised by the used of random sound effects, which were extremely well timed to boot. The entire presentation of this track was cheeky and mischievous, very much akin to Yato’s personality. Listening to this track always puts a smile on my face (⌒-⌒ )☆♪

All in all, this is a brilliant OST. I mean, it can’t possibly go wrong when it’s Iwasaki Taku. The tracks range from happy to sad; hyper to chill; playful to sombre – they really did help accentuate the ups and downs of the series (and my oh my, this was a turbulence of a series what with all them emotions from the various characters). If you are in the mood for a variety of good music all wrapped up very nicely in one album, then do give this soundtrack a listen~

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3 thoughts on “Noragami: OST

  1. is it a horn or a japanese flute (shakuhachi)? and 11 misogi reminds me of a modern version of kenshin if ever there was one. never really noticed that track until I read your review and now I’m hooked on it!

    • lol you’re right it does sound like the shakuhachi. sumimasen, should’ve done my research. i can’t for the life of me figure out wind instruments heh.

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