Black Razor Records Release Haunting Cover of “Toy Soldiers” In Brand-New Music Video

Black Razor Records, the indie record label founded by video games publisher Wired Productions, today released the Tin Hearts Double A-side, alongside a brand-new atmospheric music video for “Toy Soldiers”.

Providing an enchanting fusion of the vocals of singer/composer Aisha Vaughan, combined with the dynamic synths from Composer Kieron Pepper, “Toy Soldiers” is a hauntingly beautiful cover of Martika’s original, recrafted for the video game Tin Hearts. The reimagined cover, which marks the latest release from Black Razor Records, promises a heartfelt journey, reflecting the story within the critically-acclaimed video game, Tin Hearts.

Creation of the tracks:

Comments from Kieron Pepper, Composer on “Toy Soldiers”:

“After receiving the brief to make a haunting version of ‘Toy Soldiers’, I knew straight away I'd have to call Aisha - a good friend whose musical ability and incredible voice have been at the top of my collaboration wishlist for years. Her quick response, and the quality of the stems to work from, was outstanding and made the production and mixing process a total joy.

Alongside the request for the cover of Toy Soldiers, was another brief to write a song in the same style, which I wrote with Effie, an upcoming artist/singer/songwriter who I've been working with at the WaterBear College of Music. After the call she had most of the song all laid out with piano arrangement, lyrics and melody. I immediately built an arrangement around this with drums and extra programming and we recorded extra vocal layers; which was hastily mixed before we presented the ‘Tin Soldiers’ track to Wired Productions.

To get the very best result for this original song, we made the decision to ask Aisha to recreate Tin Soldiers using the same ingredients, which she did in 24hrs. I found this process particularly satisfying. Once the music was placed in the trailer for TIN HEARTS, this affirmed our suspicions that we had all been part of something rather special.”

Comments from Effie, Songwriter on “Toy Soldiers”:

“I hadn’t done anything like this before, apart from the writing process which is second nature to me, so I leapt at the chance to write in this way. I was given the theme and general vibes and just ran with it. I met up with Kieron and we worked restlessly over the next few days to produce this song with my original arrangement and voice. Handing it over to Aisha to bring her sound and performance was another unexpected twist, which added some more magic. I really love how ‘Tin Soldiers’ turned out.”

Developed by Rogue Sun and published by Wired Productions, Tin Hearts is a narrative puzzle adventure telling a tragic fable of what brilliant minds do when the love for life, and the love for invention, are threatened by life itself. Embark on lemmings-like puzzles to relive the emotional and heartbreaking story of a genius inventor, Albert Butterworth. Spanning across four distinctive acts with 50+ puzzles masterfully woven throughout a grand Victorian home, steadily uncover a variety of whimsical inventions with unique abilities to provide a safe route of passage for a troop of tin soldiers to travel.

Tin Hearts is out now on PC (Steam, GOG, EGS & Utomik), Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 & 5. PCVR and PSVR2 are set to release this holiday season.

17. November 2023, von Thore Varga

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