Ryan Hemsworth is an interesting cat. At once he is Women-With-Emotions-On-High Whisperer — see: this Cat Power remix and a Kitty feature on his upcoming debut album — but also a video game bleep-bloop junkie, among other things. “Proto” is his contribution to an upcoming Lefse compilation MITSUDA, an electronic tribute to video game score composer Yasunori Mitsuda. Those who fall into the overlap of the Cloud Rap And Video Games Venn Diagram probably recall “Cloud Skatin” from Main Attrakionz, which features a sample of Mitsuda’s work that ultimately inspired the track’s producer, Fol Chen’s Julian Wass, to begin assembling the comp. Hemsworth’s MITSUDA track is primed for a gaming relic, but still there’s a sense of melancholia to it. It feels like the kind of thing that would be made by a guy who uses his computer to remix Lana Del Rey and to storm digital castles.
MITSUDA is still a work in progress, but will be released via Lefse.