It is said that good things come in threes, and today is no exception. We at PlayStation are delighted to highlight our latest trio of vinyl soundtrack releases, brought to you by our friends at Milan Records: Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Ghost of Tsushima: Music from Iki Island & Legends and Returnal.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
The Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart Soundtrack features Mark Mothersbaugh and Wataru Hokoyama’s lush BAFTA-nominated score, plus the brilliantly performed award-winning song, “Join Me at the Top,” from the acclaimed Insomniac Games latest installment. the criticism. franchise.
For the vinyl design, we were lucky enough to have the amazing illustrator, Shan Jiang, who really knocked it out of the park with his rotating panorama cover.
As Shan describes, “The cover concept focuses on duality and travel between parallel universes. I learned that the core idea of the game is to find who you really are through understanding yourself. Rivet and Ratchet became better versions of themselves through their adventures together. It is as if Ratchet and Rivet are looking in the mirror, but in the mirror there is another universe. So you can see the cover from Rivet’s point of view or from Ratchet’s point of view, depending on how you want to hold the cover.”
Interior panels show the main characters and their diminutive counterparts in a rare and thoughtful moment, giving us an intimate portrait of the Rift Apart crew as they take a breather from the game’s non-stop action.
The album is available through Milan Records and a variety of retailers, each carrying exclusive, eye-catching “variants” of the record’s color.
Ghost of Tsushima: Music from Iki Island & Legends
Featuring Ilan Eshkeri’s iconic Jin Sakai theme woven into beautiful new compositions by Chad Cannon and Bill Hemstapat, the album is wrapped in stunning key art from the titular Director’s Cut expansion and multiplayer DLC.
The image of a lone Jin against the bright hues of Iki Island provides a dramatic contrast to the dark, ominous reds of the Legends world. Inside, we’re treated to moody concept art of a ship’s graveyard, complete with cool character portraits on record labels and a wonderful “monkey onsen” fold-out poster by Sucker Punch artist Ian Chiew.
This release is also available in a variety of collectible disc colors from Milan’s retail partners.
Completing the lineup, the BAFTA-winning score for Housemarque’s Returnal sees the intense and atmospheric music of Bobby Krlic alongside custom artwork by acclaimed artist David Mack.
Selene is at the heart of the design, allowing the viewer to bring their interpretation of her journey through Atropos into the artwork. The score is a combination of oppressive synths and beautiful strings; Mack’s artwork is an equally beautiful representation of Returnal’s deceptively beautiful challenge.
When it comes to inspiration, for David Mack it was a “discussion with the creators who fed the images. They were kind enough to provide me with a list of words and ideas that served as catalyst points for the cover image. From the words, the symbols and the music, I made several drawings to try to crystallize the dimensional ideas. From our discussion about that, I made paintings based on what everyone reacted to best.”
As our friend Colin Yost of Sony Masterworks sums it up: “These three vinyl offerings are some of the best to come out of our collaboration with Sony Interactive Entertainment. We’ve really tried to capture the essence of the characters and narratives in the unique art direction of each piece. Collaborating with Sony game developers, the PlayStation Music team and visual artists to produce something new, yet familiar, is a very rewarding way for us to bring these musical scores to fans in a way that celebrates these games and characters. unforgettable moments from a new perspective. I can’t wait to share more news about additional PlayStation soundtrack releases coming in the future from Sony Masterworks and Milan Records.”
All three vinyl soundtracks are currently available for pre-order at the links below and will be released this summer.