Sequestered Keep is one of the mainstays of dungeon synth; he has been able to put out some of the best quality music at a very impressive clip. Just within the time Resounding Footsteps was in existence he was able to come out with two albums. “Longlost” was released in August and it stands in contrast to the album that I’ve already reviewed, Magic Amidst the Falling Leaves. While Magic was very much focused on the natural world and the world of natural magic, Longlost is about civilization, it’s about the men of the city and their world, their magic and their journey.
Longlost has a solemn but noble tone to the whole album, I can imagine the beginning songs being within the walls of a great city, fanfare of a great king. Sequestered Keep’s music is vivid and the emotions of the listener are pulled in a hundred different directions. Imagine you’re from the country and this is your first time in the capital. Imagine all the sounds, smells, sights, tastes, and textures. Imagine seeing new things at every turn. Going from the quiet countryside to a cacophony of hundreds of voices and animals and music. Music. The music we could hear would be nothing short of breathtaking and the way Sequestered Keep displays that, the finding of new music, is utterly real. We are the new comers to the city, watching the world unfold before us. We see the knights going off of their questing but there’s something in the back of our mind, amidst the excitement, we have a nagging feeling that this sort of glory, this sort of nobility cannot last. Despite the glory and splendor and nobility of the city, it’s might will end and all the great deeds will come to naught. Longlost has a great, full range of emotion within less than an hour. It’s heartbreaking yet it’s uplifting and inspiring at the same time. Well done Sequestered Keep.
The music is deep and swift. I don’t know how many of you readers have heard of, or played the video game Arcana but the synthetic sound, the noble sound of Longlost reminds me of that game, a game that I haven’t been able to play in a very long time. Each time I listen to Longlost I can see those imagines in the game that have stayed with me. Sound connects to our emotions and our memories in a way no other sense can. The melodies and themes in Longlost take time to develop and mature but by the end of the album, they have taken on a life of their own that will absolutely sweep away the listener. The fantasy of Sequestered Keep falls somewhere in between the high fantasy of Tolkien and the works of Dungeons and Dragons, World of Warcraft, and Magic: The Gathering. I love that it takes elements from all over the map and has created a vivid world that is all its own. Have a listen!
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