My music tastes jump from genre to genre, artist to artist. Like everyone I have my favorites I always fall back on, but I also usually have a Song-Obsession-Of-The-Week that I play on repeat for days and insist on learning all the words to, much to the annoyance of my sister and roommate.
That title this week goes to “The Fine Print” by The Stupendium (where the credit for the feature image goes).
The Stupendium is a YouTube creator that writes and raps his own songs inspired by video games. He’s written music on everything from The Untitled Goose Game to Doom Eternal, but a few of my personal favorites include “The Art of Darkness,” a real earworm on Bendy and The Ink Machine, “Nook, Line, and Sinker,” a song released just last month and a bit of an edgier look at Animal Crossing’s economy, and of course “The Fine Print,” written about the 2019 game The Outer Worlds. I haven’t even played The Outer Worlds, and this song is on two of my Spotify playlists.
Some people enjoy their games, their movies, and their books as they’re presented. The canon content is whole and enough exactly as it is. Others like to indulge in fan content: fanart, fanfiction, fanvids as an extension of the world and characters they love and as a way to spend more time with them. Still others will make that second category possible by taking their passion, their time, and their creativity and pouring it heart and soul into creating fan content.
In this, The Stupendium is on a whole other level. Not only does he write and perform his own songs, he creates his own art and animation for the videos.
Look at that. It’s gorgeous. I cannot begin to comprehend the amount of time and effort that goes into these videos, and as I type this, the lyrics to “The Fine Print” are running through my head, beckoning me to watch the video again and challenging me not to look at the lyrics and see if I can keep up.
We put the dollar back into idolatry, if you’re upset you can rent an apology.The Fine Print by The Stupendium
I must go now. The music beckons. Follow me to your new favorite songs about your favorite video games.
What artist are you obsessed with this week? Leave a comment so I can check them out!