1. Main Theme
This track opens with distant old West-type notes, projecting a feel of dusty fields and a lonely landscape. That doesn't last long, however, as it quickly flips into a low-key rock anthem, Wurm
is Waiting. Depending on how you listen to this, it could either be kind of creepy (the voices welcoming you home sound ominous to me) or a total earworm. In any case, I can't recall another video game, nevermind an MMO, that has a theme song expressly welcoming you. It's... interesting.
2. Founding Deed
This track definitely sounds like pure fantasy, what with the piano and blaring horns. And like the theme song, it abruptly transitions into a blues rock ditty about starting up a new home. The whole track clocks in at under a minute, so it really doesn't have time to be anything other than a celebratory moment without any serious melodies. I guess it's the "Link opening up the treasure box and finding the boomerang" equivalent for the Wurm
3. Disband Deed
What's even better -- and shorter -- is the disbanding deed tune. It's a near-acapella track that quickly conveys a bittersweet milestone as players pack up and move on to other lands. I want to applaud how well it gets this emotion across in a mere 23 seconds. Listen to it twice, won't ya?
"Feeling the sun rise... watching it glow." How good is this track? So good. So very, very good. It's a languid Western ballad about dreams at the start of a day. It kind of just washes over you like, well, a welcome sunrise. Love it. Hug it.
5. Village Work Song
This tongue-in-cheek song marks the effort a community goes to in constructing their abodes, all put to the style of peppy jazz. Because when you think "fantasy sandbox," you think jazz, right? I'd actually be a lot more open to this being in a cartoon when all of the talking animals come together to make a new utopia far away from the farmer's homestead. That's just how my mind works.
Harmonicas don't get a lot of play in soundtracks. There's one in Traveling, because this is Wurm
and why not? This is a terrific road trip tune which probably has to be played a few thousand times because your avatar has a top run speed of 11 mph. It definitely gets me moving in my seat and reminds me a little of "Radar Love." Doesn't it? It does.
MMOs aren't just about looks; they also have great soundtracks that often go unnoticed. Heroes don't stand for that! Every Tuesday, Jukebox Heroes will check out a game's soundtrack and feature the best tunes to share and discuss. Your DJ for the hour is Justin Olivetti, and the request line is open!