Akira Yamaoka's work on the Silent Hill games is fucking amazing. The score to the first four games is honestly some of the best music I've heard. He can twist so many emotions in a tune.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkumV_dHbkg
Like this one. It's fast paced, powerful and full of emotion. Like the riff calls forth some abandoned memory and the drums carry you to reach for it. You run to find it. The whole song feels like a rush of melancholia that triumphantly refuses to give up, that passionately longs for something it once had.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qalGezr76o
And then you find it... Was it what you thought? You discovered the truth, is it cold to the touch or does it welcome you with warm hands? Either way, you made it... and now you're here.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDgjTP8fuz4
I love how he can squeeze so much emotion out of a simple tune like this. It's simple but feels so beautiful. Makes me want to crawl up inside it and hide. There's almost a childlike innocence to it, a melody that harks back to a simpler time. A melody that makes you wish it could have gone differently.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7o_CDmBbnOw
Then he dishes out something like this. A gut churning, skull-drilling, terrifying harsh noise monstrosity. Pure genius.