Watch a Cowboy Bebop music breakdown from singular composer Yoko Kanno
Evaluations remain in for the brand-new Cowboy Bebop and they’re all over the location (even within Home Polygon). However everybody — from the imaginative group behind the Netflix series to those who’ve previewed the episodes — appears to concur there wouldn’t be a variation of the program without author Yoko Kanno. From the explosive opening jazz track “Tank!” to the madcap caper tune “RUSH” and Raj Ramayya’s smooth vocals in “Ask DNA,” Kanno’s contributions played a pivotal role in Cowboy Bebop searing itself into the memories of Adult Swim-watchers of the early 2000s and later generations who discovered the seminal series. Bringing her back to score the live-action series was a no-brainer.
Rightfully, Netflix is celebrating the return of Yoko Kanno. In a new featurette, the author takes a seat to talk about the origins of the music, and performs the Seatbelts team as they play a couple of rousing, trumpet-blasting hints. It is, as you may anticipate if you’re familiar with her work, amazing.
“What made things very easy this time around was that the same musicians named Seatbelts from 20 years ago were willing to help me I feel as if I’ve known them all my life,” Kanno states in the mini doc. “They could take a single melody line and elaborate it into something really cool.”
Still, she was prepared to bring brand-new noises to the live-action series, which, while indebted to the anime, is attempting to be something brand-new. According to Kanno, just one-tenth of the music is ported over from her initial soundtrack.
“Yoko was very much in the place of, ‘I’m gonna redo that one. I love that one, but what you’ve created warrants a bit of reinvention,’” showrunner André Nemec states in the video.
At the top of the featurette, star John Cho states that hiring Yoko Kanno was the genuine deal-sealer for him to sign on to the job. He needed to belong of it, to part of that music. Who could withstand? Relatable.
Enjoy the complete video above. Cowboy Bebop premieres on Nov. 19 on Netflix.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.