Vitamin String Quartet will release ‘Vitamin String Quartet: The World of Studio Ghibli,’ a 12-track compilation diving into the unique soundscapes of the Japanese animation and film giant. This vinyl release drops on Black Friday Record Store Day and features clear, 180-gram vinyl, a download card, and full-color sleeve. The digital album will release worldwide on Dec.1.
With tracks from the early Ghibli animations, including a supernatural version of “On a Clear Day” from the 1988 Kiki’s Delivery Service, to a poignant rendition of “Fine on the Outside” from the 2014 When Marnie Was There, this collection delivers an unlikely twist on the hit studio’s most iconic composers, directors, and screenwriters.
Vitamin String Quartet (VSQ) is widely regarded as the source for turning contemporary popular songs into instrumental pieces. The group, produced by LA-based indie CMH Label Group, features a rotating cast and has released over 300 records. VSQ has evolved from its more musically open origins to taking on the unique challenge of arranging rock, pop, metal, punk, techno, country and hip-hop songs solely for four instruments, “[transforming] your favorite pop songs into works of art” (Buzzfeed).
Since its founding in 1999, VSQ has created cutting-edge renditions of the hits of artists ranging from Ed Sheeran to Star Wars, Daft Punk to Kanye West, Ozzy Osbourne to Jason Mraz and countless more. VSQ “[brings] the drama or mainstream composition into the classical community” (NY Observer), while amassing more than 4 million downloads, over 1 million physical units sold, over 250 million streams, numerous Billboard chartings, in addition to prominent placements across TV and film. VSQ’s music was recently featured on the popular HBO series Westworld with its renditions of Nine Inch Nails’ “Something I Can Never Have” and Radiohead’s “Motion Picture Soundtrack.” VSQ has also been featured on other hits shows such as Modern Family, Shameless, and Gossip Girl.
Watch the memorable Westworld clip here:
Similar to Studio Ghibli, VSQ is popular with students as study music. They maintain study playlists and try to keep the theme running throughout their socials and are looking to raise awareness with more students, teachers and schools. VSQ produces print and digital sheet music for some its arrangements, marketed to string musicians, including music students and educators.
‘Vitamin String Quartet: The World of Studio Ghibli” Track List:
1. On a Clear Day (from Kiki’s Delivery Service)
2. The Path of the Wind (from My Neighbor Totoro)
3. One Summer’s Day (from Spirited Away)
4. Night of Shooting Stars (from Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea)
5. The Legend of Ashitaka (from Princess Mononoke)
6. Home Sweet Home (from Grave of the Fireflies)
7. Merry-Go-Round of Life (from Howl’s Moving Castle)
8. Opening (from Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind)
9. The Neglected Garden (from The Secret World of Arrietty)
10. Fine on the Outside (from When Marnie Was There)
11. The Rose (from Only Yesterday)
12. Take Me Home, Country Roads (from Whisper of the Heart)