Brian Reitzell - Watch_Dogs
I suspect some of you have followed the hype around the now released video game Watch_Dogs that revolves around a hacker who can access most systems through his smartphone. The game received mixed reviews (can’t say much about myself as I haven’t played it, yet), but the score by Brian Reitzell was pretty well-received. I just received my vinyl copy of said score released by Invada Records, and it is a very nice release.
The album opens up with “The Loop” - a track that starts out slightly ominous but turns over into a more Kraftwerk-esque electronic song as it progresses. From here the music builds up and gets increasingly darker before exploding into the powerful and slightly paranoid “Donovan”. The next few tracks are slightly upbeat electronic tunes that slowly makes way for quieter, yet still slightly ominous, tracks like “Elevated Trains” and “IP Tracking”. The almost 9 minute long “Vigilante” really builds up with a mix of beautiful piano segments and electronic beats and by the end it’s almost a loung-y chillout track. “Ghost Of The Past” sets itself up very differently with tribal-like drumming and a hopeful feel to it before “On The Lake” takes over with a more melancholic feel - a feel that stays with the final two tracks, “Hackers” and “Escape From Chicago” as well.
Overall, the music is very varied and is indeed a very enjoyable listen - even for someone who isn’t familiar with the game itself.
The release doesn’t come with anything fancy, except for a download card. My only criticism is of the inner sleeve that’s an all-poly/plastic-y thing that’s terribly flimsy and doesn’t do much about the static.
This particular version in blue with black splatter has been pressed in 750 copies, but there’s also 750 available on plain black vinyl.
- Discogs link
- Color: Blue w/ Black Splatter
- Condition: NM/VG