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"eScape"
Music

"eScape" (エスケープ ~次元の狭間オメガ:アルファ編~, Esukēpu ~Jigen no Hazama Omega: Arufa-hen~?, lit. Escape ~Dimension's Space Omega: Alpha~) is the battle theme of Omega from Final Fantasy XIV.

Game appearances[]

Final Fantasy XIV[]

"eScape" plays in the Alphascape V3.0, where the player fights Omega for the first time. The maritime-themed lyrics fit into a greater theme in Alphascape V3.0 depicting Omega as a ship of cosmic proportions; for example, Omega has Larboard and Starboard Wave Cannons. It is the 4th track in Shadowbringers: Final Fantasy XIV Original Soundtrack.

"eScape" was arranged into "A Long Fall" (ロングフォール ~異界遺構 シルクス・ツイニング~, Rongofōru ~Ikai Ikō Shirukusu Tsuiningu?, lit. Long Fall ~Otherworldly Ruins Syrcus Twinning~), the theme of The Twinning and the 83rd track in Shadowbringers: Final Fantasy XIV Original Soundtrack. "A Long Fall" was composed by Soken and contains elements of "Out of the Labyrinth", "Shattered", "Rise" and the "Prelude".

Koji Fox, Masayoshi Soken, and Koji Fox as an Ascian dance to twinning.mp4 in the music video for "A Long Fall".

"A Long Fall"
Music

"A Long Fall" was remixed by The Primals for their album Scions & Sinners: Final Fantasy XIV ~Arrangement Album~. The music video features The Primals dancing to the various in-game dances, as well as a dance associated to the song by the fanbase.[1] An EDM remix of "A Long Fall" was also featured on the album Pulse: Final Fantasy XIV Remix Album.


Lyrics[]

The official lyrics were released on a community livestream.[2]

eScape[]

A drifting tender
Come ride, heroes, ride
Her galleon severed
Away with the tide
The stormheads gather
Come ride, heroes, ride
Illusions scattered
Away with the tide
Why
Do weathered warriors wander their way whither wanting wonders wait
Hark the heralds, anchors aweigh! Hither happens mine escape
Freedom forgone, sinking apace. Comets crumble, Phoebus fades
Under cosmic clamor decayed, hides a path untaken
Ancient echoes
Come ride, heroes, ride
In deafening silence
Away with the tide
A wave of hazard
Come ride, heroes, ride
A-whorling inward
Away with the tide
Time
Stellar stories starward bestrewn, slipping sidewise, see, they're snakes
Twixt the leaves you'll find naught amiss—missing aughts and crossing fates
Freedom surgent shifting ahead, comets dancing in her wake
To the cosmic clarion's accord, along the path not taken
Try, dare the dead tread ahead on a road that is borrowed
Design, through the sum of their sons do they seek tomorrow
Tonight, witness then as the end shall begin what was final
Their lies, folding back, further back, ever back to the primal

A Long Fall[]

A drifting tender
Come ride, heroes, ride
Her galleon severed
Away with the tide
The stormheads gather
Come ride, heroes, ride
Illusions scattered
Away with the tide
Try, dare the dead tread ahead on a road that is borrowed
Design, through the sum of their sons do they seek tomorrow
Tonight, witness then as the end shall begin what was final
Their lies, folding back, further back, ever back to the primal

Behind the scenes[]

Because of stayhome, I have high IL unwanted flesh attached to my belly. I'll have to do that dance when I listen to that song too!

Masayoshi Soken, on twinning.mp4[3]

"eScape" was composed by Masayoshi Soken. The lyrics were written by Michael-Christopher Koji Fox and the vocalists are Fox and Soken, who described "eScape" as a "cosmic sea shanty".[2]

"eScape" was used in the 2019 April Fool's joke, wherein Square Enix announced an "Omega" smart speaker. When the couple in the "commercial" for Omega asks for "romantic music" while frying chicken tenders, Omega begins to play eScape.[4] This is because many players have misheard the first few lines as "Chicken tenders / Get ready to fry" or a similar mondegreen, rather than "A drifting tender / Come ride, heroes, ride".[5]

"A Long Fall" was praised for its catchiness and energy. Music producer Alex Moukala argued that the song was successful because of its funky guitar chords, and compared the song to an anime opening.[6] The Gamer wrote, "I have danced my way through ... The Twinning and I know you have too," and praised the music video for "calling out" players for dancing to "A Long Fall".[7]

After the release of Shadowbringers, YouTuber kcat729 released a video called "twinning.mp4" of a dance laid over footage of the Twinning and with "A Long Fall" playing at the same beat as the dance; there were two red, one blue, and one green dancers, so that the dancers formed a light party.[8]. Other fans followed suit with dance videos of their own.[6][9] twinning.mp4 was popular enough that The Primals incorporated the dance from it into their music video for "A Long Fall".[1] According to Soken, this was because he needed more exercise after a year in quarantine due to COVID-19 and cancer treatments, while Naoki Yoshida said that the development team wanted "to see the players getting happy and excited".[3][10] The 2021 Digital Fanfest featured a live performance of twinning.mp4, with Toshio Murouchi as the healer.[10]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Square Enix (February 24, 2021). FINAL FANTASY XIV: Scions & Sinners – A Long Fall Music Video (THE PRIMALS). Archived from the original on May 23, 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 November 17, 2018. Song Lyrics in FFXIV: Compilation, Discussion, and Interpretation. Square Enix. Archived from the original on May 23, 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Masayoshi Soken (June 9, 2020). ニー祖堅 Official Twitter. Twitter. Archived from the original on May 23, 2021.
  4. Square Enix (April 1, 2019). Presenting Omega, Your New Smart Home Assistant - FINAL FANTASY XIV Online. YouTube. Archived from the original on May 23, 2021.
  5. Zepla HQ (October 10, 2018). MISHEARD LYRICS - Alphascape v3.0 [O11]. YouTube. Archived from the original on May 23, 2021.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Alex Moukala (February 18, 2020). Music Producer Reacts: FFXIV The Twinning Theme (A Long Fall). YouTube. Archived from the original on May 23, 2021.
  7. Andrea Shearon (February 24, 2021). Final Fantasy 14's Composer Knows You Dance In The Twinning, That's Why This New Scions & Sinners Music Video Is So Good. The Gamer. Archived from the original on May 23, 2021.
  8. kcat729 (Aug 27, 2019). twinning.mp4. YouTube. Archived from the original on May 23, 2021.
  9. MyJoJob (August 4, 2020). The Twinning.mp4. YouTube. Archived from the original on May 23, 2021.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Natalie Flores (May 24, 2021). FFXIV Director Naoki Yoshida Speaks About Fan Fest, Y’shtola’s Skin Color Changes, and NPC Dating. Fanbyte. Archived from the original on May 24, 2021.

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