Bless your soul whoever is responsible for releasing Studio Ghibli’s film soundtracks on iTunes. It’s much appreciated.
For me, there are only two movies that matter this year: this and The Wind Rises. While Hisaishi’s work for the latter is excellent as always, this soundtrack is truly one of the finest of his career. The central melody woven throughout many of these songs swells up in incredible bursts of emotion that echo the joy and wonder at being alive that the film expresses. These wordless pieces not only recall the beautiful movie, but contain within them the same essence that imbues Kaguya with life. Hisaishi also makes a bold choice by crafting a song as upbeat as “Procession of the Celestial Beings” for the sad moment in the movie during which it appears, but it successfully enhances the images…