Anime OST: Shiki [Full]

Shiki OST Cover

It’s been a while since the release of the Shiki Original Soundtrack Mini Album: Rogue, which gave us only a small preview of the entirety of the Shiki soundtrack, which I thought to be incredible.

Top Tracks

Track # Track Name Comment
#1 Day and Night Day and Night’s sharp and dissonant strings provide the chilling foundation and is complimented by the soft, whispering female vocals. Midway, the violin gives us the weeping and sorrowful tone, backed by more female vocals offsetting the tone with more chills.
#2 Eau de Vie The forceful start of Eau de Vie harshly pushes us into the dramatic and despondent tones of the strings that follow. The vocals, still present, offer us the chilling tones that we heard from Day and Night
#3 Pendulum Pendulum starts off immediately with the chanting of utterly bone-chilling childish vocals accompanied with small bell noises in the back, and then grows into a full orchestra of mixed voices following the same progression, accompanied with the dissonant female vocals that travel from left to right. The pounding drums and bass in the second half join in with the continued chanting giving off a stronger impact than the first half.
#5 Twilight Twilight eases into the chanting of young “la-ing,” that quickly transitions into the long and weeping violins which still carries an ominous tone.
#10 Dance of Death Dance of Death manages a light and lifting melody with the female hissing vocalization. The later half has more female vocalizations that emphasize dramatic moods.
#11 Silent Night Silent Night begins dark and quiet, loosely following the melody of Dance of Death, with dark and looming background noise, and contains new vocalizations including the previous one. About 50 seconds in, it breaks out into dischordant background noise and percussion, the sounds of giggling, bursting brass instruments in the far off distance, growling, and low bass male vocals.
#17 Echo Echo serves as the climactic end to the show which, to that end, uses the strong percussion in the background, led by the violin offering us a dramatic weeping tone begging to go on, while the vocals counterbalance it with it’s powerful and conclusive melody.
#19 Crimson Following the same chord progression as Dance of Death, Crimson uses only the piano in a light and whimsical fashion with an uplifting tone that carries little to no “creep” value that most of the songs carry.