The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker is one of my favorite Zelda titles to date. The vibrant visuals, outstanding art style, enormous blue ocean, and memorable characters are quite fantastic. For me, though, my favorite aspect outside of the art direction are the superb compositions sprinkled throughout the entirety of the game. The folk-like, celtic feel to many of the songs helped to create this fantasy world, making it feel more…well, fantastical.
Though there are so many songs that I still find to be top quality to this day, there is one piece that is my absolute favorite. No, I’m not talking about the title theme, which is amazing nonetheless; I’m talking about the Dragon Roost Island theme.
Towards the end of last year, a group of talented musicians came together to celebrate the Super Smash Bros. series by producing an album full of music based on the various brawlers over the years. The album, Harmony of Heroes, featured many tracks dedicated to the Zelda franchise, but one stood out to me amongst the others. Perhaps it is due to my fondness for Wind Waker, or perhaps it is the child-like sense of adventure the music reflects with the gameplay, but the song “El Pájaro es la Palabra” truly caught my attention.
Laura Intravia (with the fantastic addition of Davey Patterson) manages to capture the feel of the original composition, while adding heavy doses of Spanish guitar riffs. What really stands out in this piece are two things: the outstanding balance between guitar and flute, and the fluid dynamics (which make a five minute song captivating throughout its entirety.)
Neither guitar nor flute feels over- or under-used; instead, they complement each other, while managing to stand out still. This is partially due to the build up of the song, and the “ups and downs” — or, dynamics. Have a listen, and you’ll see what I mean. Hopefully, you enjoy this interpretation as much as I do!