Fez. I’ve lost nearly 36 hours to the universe of Fez, an experience so reminiscent of my time with games like Myst and Riven that there is no question as to why I enjoy it so fondly. So it should be no surprise, also, that Fez relies heavily on audio to create such an immersive world.
Close your eyes and listen to “Spirit,” and you can immediately hear waves splashing against the rocky shore along with the soft strike of the buoys in the distance. The secrets that lie within the universe around Gomez would not be so well executed without the subtle timbral nods curated by Disasterpeace’s rich soundtrack.
It’s a pleasure for me to admit that the Fez soundtrack is as wonderful to listen to outside of the game as it is within, which is why the Fez soundtrack is our first weekly recommendation. Almost defined by its roots in chiptune music, the album is not what I would classify as chiptunes - the subtle reverb, careful attention to post processing and crisp electronic tones that the artist has crafted allow “Fez” to be so much more than a chiptune album. For a modest $7, you’d almost be insane to not pick this one up.