Which Witch Music? The Mushishi OST
Happy December, saplings! Now that it’s officially Christmas season, I figured that some of you are probably ready for some new music. Maybe some not Christmas music? It doesn’t matter whether you celebrate the holiday; by mid month a lot of people can agree that they’d like the music to stop or at least switch to something else.
Don’t worry! I’m here to help. This month, I’m introducing the soundtrack from Mushishi, an anime that won my heart when I was in college.
If you aren’t a major anime fan, or a fan at all, I still encourage you to check out this soundtrack. It’s haunting, eerie, and hypnotic. I recommend it for relaxation, meditation, and as background noise for any sort of magic project you have going on. I use it to calm my anxiety and while I work on projects.
The entire soundtrack runs for around four hours, but I think you guys are going to like it within the first couple of songs. For those of you who are interested, Mushishi is about strange creatures that straddle the line between animal and plant, between living and something else. The show’s protagonist, Ginko, is more of an observer than an active participant in his own world. There’s always a sense that there was more to uncover, or more to understand with each episode.
Mushishi presents a unique take on the supernatural, and raises the question of how humans can interact and live peacefully with something so completely unknowable to humanity. The mixture of modern and traditional instruments in this soundtrack mirror that blurring line between something familiar, and something distant from us.
Give the link a listen, and let me know how you liked it in the comments below. If you liked this recommendation, please consider reading some of my other blog posts on this site.