It’s about time isn’t it? We’ve wanted to discuss the music to Borderlands 2 for quite a while, but were waiting for it to become available on Spotify or some other music-focused website that could be embedded here for your listening pleasure. That never happened, but thanks to fans on YouTube, you can listen to the entire thing. If you’ve been playing this game constantly for the past few months like we have, then most of this music is pretty familiar to you, but let’s take a step back and give it a listen on its own, without the frenzied action that usually accompanies hearing it. What you’ll find is an incredibly diverse and satisfying mixture of sounds and genres that create a textured and dynamic sonic experience. Give it a listen right here:
This aurally arresting mixture of sounds is brought to us by Jesper Kyd, a renowned game composer known for his work on Assassin’s Creed, Soul Calibre V, Darksiders II, and of course the first Borderlands game. There’s a little something for everybody: haunting ambient tracks like “Ascent,” thumping electronic beats (“Glacial,” “Bandit Slaughter”), and even some beautiful guitar work (“Main Menu,” “Interlude Ambient,” “Caverns”). Every one of these pieces has a sense of urgency and at the same time, each piece breathes. Kyd doesn’t just beat you over the head with thumping beats to match gunfire; he excels at the quiet moments amidst the storm, knowing that not only could multiple events happen over the course of one piece of music, but also that these moments add delicious tension. Despite the rampant humor throughout the game, these tracks make the journey through Pandora feel that much more serious and epic thanks to such skillfully crafted music.
As a bonus, this playlist also includes music from the DLC packs, including Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt. However, what’s not included in this playlist or official soundtrack is the music that plays while you’re in the open world of Pandora, exploring. It’s subtle, compelling, and worth tracking down. After some research, the song is called ”Ice” and is available to listen to on Jesper Kyd’s official website. Kotaku Australia also posted a great article about what’s so great about the song and it’s worth a read.
And let’s not forget the fantastic song “Short Change Hero” by The Heavy! It’s a great song that deserves a mention when talking about the soundtrack:
What are your favorite tracks from the Borderlands 2 soundtrack? Is there another game’s music that deserves the spotlight too? Let us know in the comments!