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"Misty Mountain" from Hobbit OST Similar ?
January 3, 2013 6:23 PM   Subscribe

"Misty Mountain" from Hobbit OST Similar? I have been loving that song since first hearing it. The OST is only about 2 min long and kinda wish they did a longer version. Any songs with similar characteristics .. the deep voice singing, chanting almost?!
posted by radsqd to Media & Arts (16 answers total) 33 users marked this as a favorite
 
My first thought was this.
posted by capricorn at 6:55 PM on January 3, 2013


There have been a few Reddit posts as of late asking this question. This thread was the most popular with just under 400 comments on it, and there were some really good recommendations in there.
posted by gchucky at 7:03 PM on January 3, 2013 [1 favorite]


Great Big Sea - The Chemical Worker's Song
posted by capricorn at 7:30 PM on January 3, 2013 [2 favorites]


Oh wow, I was gearing up to ask a similar question, high-five!

I actually have two songs I've been listening to on repeat that I think evoke similar emotions (in me, at least); the sound isn't precisely identical, as they're choral pieces and don't really have that chanty feeling (and are a bit more unrestrained, vocally), but they do feature a similar sort of nostalgic/wistful/melancholy quality.

Sorry, I can't find the songs on YouTube so I only have Spotify links:
Morriston Orpheus Male Choir - We'll Keep a Welcome
Morriston Orpheus Male Choir - Aberystwyth

ALSO PLEASE DELIGHT IN THIS VIDEO OF RICHARD ARMITAGE SINGING THE FIRST FEW LINES OF 'MISTY MOUNTAINS' A CAPELLA.
posted by brieche at 8:01 PM on January 3, 2013 [2 favorites]


I looked through the reddit comments and the closest one that I came was to The National's version of The Rains of Castamere might make you smile- from HBO's Game of Thrones series.
posted by radsqd at 8:25 PM on January 3, 2013


A female version: From King Arthur, We Will Go Home [aka Song Of Exile]. Unfortunately, I've never been able to find an official release. There's a couple remakes on Youtube.

Also of a female variety, but I think Maluka's video game covers come close.
posted by jmd82 at 9:04 PM on January 3, 2013 [1 favorite]


You, my friend, need some Corvus Corax
Most of their songs are uptempo but they do some sweet ballads.
posted by Pink Fuzzy Bunny at 9:48 PM on January 3, 2013 [1 favorite]


"Misty Mountain" reminded me of Patrick Doyle's Henry V soundtrack which has the epic feeling "Non Nobis, Domine".
posted by girlhacker at 9:57 PM on January 3, 2013


Slavonic church music such as the Rachmaninoff Vespers is what you need. Russian, Estonian and Finnish choirs with those deep, deep basses.
posted by Pallas Athena at 12:06 AM on January 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


A lot of folk songs and ballads that are usually sung by tenors can have a very different effect if sung by a bass.

Try a few by Paul Robeson:
Danny Boy
Joe Hill
and I think particularly this one:
The peat bog soldiers - Moorsoldaten
posted by Azara at 12:37 AM on January 4, 2013


If you're interested in more of JRRT's poetry set to music, Donald Swann wrote a slim songbook that includes Treebeard's Song and Namarie, both chantlike, as well as more homely songs.
posted by thatdawnperson at 6:19 AM on January 4, 2013


I came in to suggest Slavonic church music as well. In addition to Rachmaninov, look into Tchesnokov and Penderecki.
posted by Johnny Assay at 8:47 AM on January 4, 2013


What is "Hobbit OST"? Are there multiple edits of the movie in addition to the high/low frame rate versions?
posted by Mars Saxman at 12:00 PM on January 4, 2013


OST = original soundtrack.
posted by cellar door at 12:21 PM on January 4, 2013


Misty Mountains was stuck in my head for days after seeing The Hobbit. I'm glad someone asked this question!

Anyway, check out Clannad and other Celtic singers. They usually have songs with that feel.
posted by deborah at 12:11 AM on January 5, 2013


You might like O Death by Jen Titus, which was featured on the TV show Supernatural. It has the same kind of background vocals as the Misty Mountain song, which for me is pretty key.

In case you haven't seen it, there's also Aragorn singing in the marshes, which is close-ish, as well as Aragorn's song, which you've likely seen/heard already.

I've been wondering this too - so happy you asked.
posted by meggan at 5:08 PM on January 5, 2013


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