Monday, October 15, 2012

This Final Fantasy harp medley is incredible, duplicitous

I have a major soft spot in my heart for harp music, harps, and harpists in general.  Most of my formative teenager years were spent obsessing over a harpist from the next town over who barely knew that I existed, and the puppy dog crush left something of a mark on my psyche.

While the infatuation with the harpist gradually faded, my love of harp music didn't - and so I was rather floored by this impressive mash-up of the Final Fantasy Prelude with FFX's memorable Zanarkand theme.

Performed by two identical twins, Camille and Kennerly Kitt, the Prelude takes a bit of time to build up to its full potential, but the transition into Zanarkand (2:09) is flawless.

The quality of the performance should come as no surprise, as the twins in question have an impressive resume of geeky harp arrangements under their identical belts.  These arrangements include geek power standards like the Game of Thrones theme song, a Skyrim/Morrowind medley and The Misty Mountains Cold (from The Hobbit) along with less distinctly less geeky arrangements like Bon Jovi's It's My Life and Guns n' Roses' Sweet Child o' Mine.

While all those are impressive in their own rights, I'm quite fond of their rendition of Ballad of the Goddess from Skyward Sword...

...most likely because the two of them actually look like Zelda.

Throughout these videos, I had a difficult time believing that the twins were indeed twins and not a digital render of the same person, but by all accounts they're both living, breathing, and supremely talented sisters. As an added bonus, they also make their own costumes and write their own arrangements.

If you're interested in supporting the twins, a smattering of their singles can be found on Amazon or iTunes. Sadly, neither the Final Fantasy medley nor Ballad of the Goddess are up there yet so fans of both will have to wait and hope that they Harp Twins will release a full album sometime soon.

...and if they do, you can bet your electric harp that it will be a two CD set.