I normally make a point of highlighting bands I've just discovered since this journey is about what this world stills holds unknown to me and other philosophical shit.
However, this time it's concerning a band I've known for almost their whole career; a folk/indie rock group based out of Buffalo called Darling Harbor. And to top it off, I know them because I shot one of their first music videos years ago, while I was a student at Buff State. I'm kind of curious if that qualifies for nepotism.
Anyway, I'm wasting your time with backstory because I reconnected proper with Ben to do what any good nerd would bother talking to someone now that they live 8 hrs or more from; play games.
And we both were caught up in adoration for Sea of Thieves, hooked into the game's colorful world of bananas and war, drawn to a sea of song and anchor handbraking. But where i grew cold to a barren world of fetch chests and similar skeletons, Ben with the crew of Darling Harbor went 100% sea dog and huddle into the studio to create a beautiful cover from the game's soundtrack.
"Becalmed" is a hurdy-gurdy ship-song from the game, which itself's has no lyrics when played (though they can be found in a red book, if your lucky), played by players at command with in-game instruments. Yet Darling Harbor created this beautiful sequence of words to match perfectly with the sea-shanty, ship-faring crew diddy that blends it so well with the game.
Smartly bolstering the lyrics through their well executed accapella singing, it brings forth a scene of a small crew sailing the waters covering The Wilds at the wee morning hours betwixt Smugglers Run and Picaroon Palms. Weary and cold, icy frost bedecking the moors of their ship, remnants of the night sky as its burned away by the early light of a new day. Through cracked eyeglass their captain spys port of home, a welcome sight he cries out as they dance about their hold full of pirate gold and pirate skulls. Brothers-in-arms, forged through fights with skeletons and many a firing each other towards island from cannons, they clasp arms and sing, celebration of one more day alive.
Then of course some ship sails up behind and boards them, killing them, taking their gold and sinking their ship 100 feet from port. Ah, Sea of Thieves.
Its a simply diddy they execute perfectly, showcasing the best parts of a game is when it inspires others to create.
You can listen to the cover here and check out more of the band at their website.