There are a lot of fandoms out there that have their share of crazy and over the top fans. There are a lot of fandoms out there that have their obsessive fans. It’s when fans put their obsessions into some genuinely interest and compelling works that I start paying attention to them.
Now, the Persona 5 Fan Soundtrack isn’t big news, it’s not new either. It’s been floating around the internet for some 8 months now, and any time you put “Persona 5″ into a search engine, it’s usually in the first couple of pages somewhere.
The thing is, I recently went on a Persona 5 information search, as I do every few months, and saw that the project had become more than the ten little tracks it was when I first ran into it early in the year. After a brief listen of a few tracks, I took it upon myself to give the entire track list a listen, and I’ve got to say, it’s an impressive mix of sounds, styles, and individuals.
There’s a lot to be said for a group of people who can put together an entire 83 track (and counting) fan soundtrack, plus its reincarnation counterpart, purely as a fan project to amuse themselves. The music itself isn’t always stellar, but you’ll find that on many legitimate game soundtracks. There are good tracks and bad tracks, but the majority of therm make up the “good” side of the fence, and to top it off, the production quality (ignoring the fact that you have to put up with youtube’s audio encoding) is pretty damned professional.
I do, at times, find myself asking if they were trying to follow Meguro Shoji’s style with the tracks or not, since some seem considerably more divergent than others, but that’s really a small concern when you’re looking at so many good tracks, crammed together in one list, and produced purely by zealous fans.
To top off the great list of tracks, there’s even been a growing pile of artwork to go with the music, which I have compiled here.
For a fan project, I have to say, its increasing scope definitely gave me pause, and as a fan of Persona, I’m certainly impressed by the level of work and attention that’s been put into it, to make it a believable part of the Persona universe. It has occasionally been mentioned in a few parts of the internet that the channel may, in fact, be a viral marketing scheme, by ATLUS themselves, and while I really can’t say if that’s true or not (though I’m thinking not) I highly recommend fans of Persona, or even just good music, go and give it a listen.
You can find the YouTube channel here.