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2020 NON-VGM TOURNEY: RESULTS

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1. mewithoutYou - Bear's Vision of St. Agnes
2. Kero Kero Bonito - The River

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(I) mewithoutYou - Bear's Vision of St. Agnes

(II) Aphex Twin - Vordhosbn
I. Billy Joel - Vienna
II. Kero Kero Bonito - The River
What is a Lunar Magic, and can I eat it?
mewithoutYou - Bear's Vision of St. Agnes
Kero Kero Bonito - The River

Easiest choices ever.
Billy Joel - Vienna
Kero Kero Bonito - The River

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lol forgot to vote #smrpg{ohno}

SEMIFINALS RESULTS:
mewithoutYou - Bear's Vision of St. Agnes (8-3)
Kero Kero Bonito - The River (7-4)




2020 NON-VGM TOURNEY FINALS

FOR THE GOLD:

mewithoutYou - Bear's Vision of St. Agnes vs. Kero Kero Bonito - The River

FOR THIRD PLACE:

Billy Joel - Vienna vs. Aphex Twin - Vordhosbn




mewithoutYou - Bear's Vision of St. Agnes
Billy Joel - Vienna

Don't really have any big things to say about any of these. Just a solid group of songs all-around.
mewithoutYou - Bear's Vision of St. Agnes
yfw Bear's Vision wins the superb owl

For third place: Billy Joel - Vienna. Gotta support my piano man

Just look above you...
If it's something that can be stopped, then just try to stop it!
mewithoutYou - Bear's Vision of St. Agnes - very close

Aphex Twin - Vordhosbn - still my fav of the rest
mewithoutYou - Bear's Vision of St. Agnes

Aphex Twin - Vordhosbn

although I loved my entries, I do love those two. This mewithoutYou band really was an epiphany to me!!
Kero Kero Bonito - The River
Aphex Twin - Vordhosbn



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Well this was unexpected.

Kero Kero Bonito - The River: I do like their other songs more.
Billy Joel - Vienna: Gotta support my man.
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Bronze Vote: Aphex Twin - Vordhosbn

As for the winner...oh boy. This was a pretty tough decision (although not as agonizing as The River vs. In the Waiting Line or Mr. Kill Myself vs. Giorgio by Moroder), so I figured I would comment on how I feel about each of these songs in a bit more depth.

I'll talk about The River first since it was one of the first songs that really stuck out to me in this tourney. I never actually looked into this song's lyrics or meaning until now, but it's essentially about
a flood that kills everyone on Earth (AKA "The River"), and the people singing are praying that they will be sent to the afterlife. It's pretty grim
, and listening to the song is a VERY different experience when you have this information. Even without knowing that, though, this song stuck out to me right away because of its unique sound and fusion of English and Japanese. It's almost relaxing in a way...and it's also one of the few songs in this tourney that I didn't have to listen to more than once to really get a feel for during the nomination round.

As for Bear's Vision of St. Agnes, my experience with this song was much different. I said this during the nomination round, but this song instantly made me feel nostalgic because the lead singer sounds like Bob Dorough from Schoolhouse Rock, and those videos were a HUGE part of my childhood. Unlike The River, though, this song almost instantly made me feel like something was very wrong, and I looked into the lyrics pretty quickly after hearing it...it's kinda hard to parse since this song appears to be a part of a full story album, but from what I've read it's about
Bear (as in, a literal bear) sacrificing himself to provide food for his friend Fox
. Another pretty grim song, but also kinda hopeful in a way. That said, this is a song that took a while to really grow on me after the initial feelings of nostalgia.

So overall, we have
two incredibly morbid songs
; The River has a catchy and unique sound that got my attention almost instantly, while Bear's Vision of St. Agnes is a lot more emotional and took longer to grow on me. I think that if I were simply voting on which song I enjoy listening to more, I would pick The River; however, I think Bear's Vision of St. Agnes does a much better job at getting its intended message across (even despite me not having listened to the full album it comes from), to the point where it stuck with me for quite a while after hearing it for the first time. As someone earlier in the thread put it, the song is haunting. For that reason, while both of these are great songs, I think mewithoutYou - Bear's Vision of St. Agnes deserves to win this tourney.

........jeez, this post turned out a lot longer than I expected. Oops : P
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mewithoutYou - Bear's Vision of St. Agnes

It's actually close! The River comes out slightly ahead for me in melody and soundscape (and I still like to hear the lyrics in a hopeful way).

Bear's Vision of St. Agnes is my favorite in terms of musical style (that raw indie folk rock guitar drum etc thing) as well as storytelling and lyrical prowess - overall I feel it's a bit "cleverer" as a piece of music, if that's fair to say, and just slightly more deserving of the top spot. (see i told you it was gonna win)

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Billy Joel - Vienna

No contest. I appreciate minimal aggressive electronic drum stuff but it's not something I'd actively listen to as anything other than background music. Billy Joel's songs are much easier to appreciate. (Although I will say that I didn't know Vienna before, and - maybe because of that - it's my least favorite of the handful of Billy Joel songs I know.)


 



third place Aphex Twin
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Kero Kero Bonito - The River
Aphex Twin - Vordhosbn

ah!
Kero Kero Bonito - The River

Aphex Twin - Vordhosbn

would vote for St. Agnes again, but the KKB song has a lot more stuff I enjoy when it comes to sound design in comparison, not to mention it's a bit more interesting in general lol

also I need to get my entry to third place, so what'd you expect LMAO
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This is it, the grand finale...

mewithoutYou - Bear's Vision of St. Agnes
Billy Joel - Vienna
What is a Lunar Magic, and can I eat it?
mewithoutYou - Bear's Vision of St. Agnes
Billy Joel - Vienna

Here's hoping this doesn't cause a tie.
At the end of the tourney, first place goes to...










mewithoutYou - Bear's Vision of St. Agnes!


This puts Kero Kero Bonito - The River in second place! (what a recovery!)


After a very close battle, third place goes to... Aphex Twin - Vordhosbn!




Even though turnout dipped halfway through, I think this tourney worked out pretty well. I think I'll be using the new preliminary round format from now on. (thanks to Hobz for the original suggestion)

Also, I think Lumy is gonna do a VGM tourney next, so check that out sometime in the future. :)

Edit: Completed bracket for anyone who wants it.
as the winner i demand everybody go to listen to Ten Stories right now
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