Music to My Ears: Brinstar Overgrown with Vegetation


Music to My Ears is looking a little green in the gills.

If you ask me on a given day to pick my favorite video game song, the answer will probably change. There are certain songs that I’ve always loved since I first heard them, and any one of them might tickle my fancy at that moment. Other times it’ll be something brand-new that I discovered recently and have been listening to on repeat at work.

Brinstar Overgrown with Vegetation is one of those tracks that has endured the test of time.

Super Metroid was one of my favorite games growing up for a variety of reasons. For one, it (along with Link to the Past) was something that I got to watch my aunt and uncle play on their Super Nintendo. I was still pretty young at the time, 9 or so, which meant getting to watch my family destroy the game was more entertaining than struggling on my own.

One of the things I always look back on was how different my aunt and uncle approached the game. My aunt was more methodical, picking her spots and having Samus engage only the enemies needed to clear the
room. My uncle was constantly on the attack, killing anything that dared to show up on the screen. Both had a profound knowledge of the game’s secrets and knew where every power-up was located.

As a kid, I was just starting to develop an interest in video game music. It was around this same time that I was listening to Super Street Fighter II songs in the background while I did homework. And Super Metroid features a phenomenal OST full of remakes of tracks earlier in the series and some brand-new, super-atmospheric work as well.

Brinstar Overgrown with Vegetation is the tune that plays when you’re in the green part of Brinstar early in the game. A playful opening turns into gritty synth and then into some dramatic fake choirs that fade in and out on the beat. There’s some funky bass in the bridge, too. Like most of the great Metroid tracks, the first word that comes to mind when describing this theme is “atmospheric.”

Once I got a little bit older and I started playing through Super Metroid myself (with some tips from the family, of course), Brinstar became one of the areas I most looked forward to. The music was a large part of that, and it didn’t hurt that you could get to that part of the game in less than an hour.

Some music that I used to love has faded away, and while I still own those tracks, I don’t seem to have the desire to listen to them much anymore. This, however, is not one of those tracks.

Brinstar Overgrown with Vegetation

Music to My Ears covers soundtracks or individual songs from video games every week. You can view all posts in the series by clicking here.

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