And we’re back, folks. The fifteenth volume of BentoByte Sunday Sounds is here for you all. In order to ease us back into the swing of things, let’s go in slowly and look at some alternate versions of songs we already know. Check them out!

Oath Sign (Acoustic Version)

As opposed to the standard version of this song, the acoustic version will naturally feel more down tempo. However, with this brings an entirely new definition to the song, as LiSA’s vocals are far more punctuated in order to keep with the slower pace of the song. It feels more solemn, more personal, yet at the same time a bit distant, as if someone was hesitant to open up their vulnerabilities. This fits with the theme of the Fate series as a whole. In all, this is one of my personal favorite acoustic versions of songs.

No differences [nZk Version]
Hiroyuki Sawano

The nZk versions of songs composed by Hiroyuki Sawano are always vastly different than their originals. With “No differences”, this is, well, no different. Aimee B.’s voice has been brought down to a tone that is more pleading and begging compared to the commandeering vocals she presented in the original version. However, the pace of song picks up about a third of the way through to that original tempo, yet still keep the feeling that the first minute and a half brought. The layered, gated voices add to the depth of this fantastic alternate version.

Hacking To The Gate (dj-Jo feat. Akano Remix)
Itou Kanako

dj-Jo returns to Sunday Sounds with a stellar remix of the opening song for Steins;Gate. The vocals are done by Akane, whose own covers are worth checking out (seriously, this girl is good). Back to the topic dj-Jo took the already amazing opening song and twisted into a grimy dubstep version worthy of attention. If you’ve seen Steins;Gate, then you’d know that the technological aspect of the show welcomes something like dubstep. But this is on a whole different level. The breakdown towards the latter part of the song just shows off dj-Jo’s stellar production skills and aren’t anything to laugh at.

Kisaragi Attention
Jin feat Haruna Luna

You knew this was coming. If there’s one group of songs that does alternate versions well, it’s the Kagerou Project. This song premiered during the second episode of Mekakucity Actors and when I first heard it, I fell in love with it. Haruna Luna has already built up a track record with me (having sang two songs for Sword Art Online), so when I heard her voice in a new show, I was attracted instantly. Though it’s a bit more than a simple cover, it brings a whole new light to Jin’s music, much like any of the covers of his song. Definitely worth a listen if you want a happy-go-lucky song right there for you.

Champion (TeddyLoid Remix)
TCY FORCE feat. Emyli

TeddyLoid is a force to be reckoned with. Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt was one of his bigger thrusts into the world of music but there’s something about his music that just draws me to him. If you’ve listened to the original version of this song, you’d think that was as far as this song could go. However, TeddyLoid took that song and turned it into a wonderful melodic electronic arrangement that you can’t help but dance to. Filters on Emyli’s voice as well as chopping it up create more layers on an already great song. There’s hints of piano within this song, accenting down time in the music as well as taking pieces from the original song.

That’s it for this week’s Sunday Sounds. Be sure to tune in next week for more music straight to you. Here’s those songs for you one more time:

  •  Oath Sign (Acoustic Version) – LiSA
  • No differences [nZk Version] – Hiroyuki Sawano
  • Hacking To The Gate (dj-Jo feat. Akano Remix) – Itou Kanako
  • Kisaragi Attention – Jin feat. Haruna Luna
  • Champion (TeddyLoid Remix) – TCY FORCE feat. Emyli
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Deionte is a writer and editor for BentoByte from Virginia. He'll watch or read anything once, which allows him to have a very broad taste in anime and manga. Besides those interests, he plays Pathfinder and video games in his spare time.

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