All Our Sins Soundtrack

My writing is often inspired by music, and All Our Sins is no exception. These pieces fit with certain themes, characters, scenes, etc, making them an unofficial soundtrack!

You can listen to most of this soundtrack on the Spotify AOS OST playlist which is embedded here. There are four songs missing: “Kiseki no Umi” by Maaya Sakamoto, “Stamina Rose” by Gabriela Robin, “Purushayita” by Epica, and “The Dream Within” by Lara Fabian. Perhaps these songs will find their way to Spotify in the future.

Read on for more information about why each song was chosen for the soundtrack!

The song titles in the table below link to individual songs on Spotify (or videos on YouTube, where Spotify links aren’t available).

Title Artist Notes
Prelude VNV Nation Exactly what it sounds like: a prelude track to set the atmosphere for the series.
Heart of Thorns Theme Maclaine Diemer The “official” theme for AOS!
Kiseki no Umi
(Sea of Miracles)
Maaya Sakamoto If AOS was animated, this song would be perfect for the opening credits. See the translation!
Civilization IV Medley Jack Wall Ambient. I imagine this as one type of music årdrakin would compose, sing, and listen to. It has a tribal slant to it which matches well with the clan structure of their society. When I listen to this I envision the sweeping expanses of the homeworld and the imperial city Anoërakin, the people going about their daily activities, and otherwise enjoying life.
To Glory Two Steps From Hell A good approximation of what an anthem for the årdrakin would sound like.
Healing Ceremony James Horner Rituals remain a strong part of årdrakin society despite (or perhaps because of) their technological advances. Music like this evokes the deep spiritual atmosphere that would be present during something like one of their healing ceremonies.
Stamina Rose Gabriela Robin Chanting and air dance is an important part of årdrakin rituals, including those of the Årdraan faith. Årdrakin are passionate and energetic people which the pulsing beat of this music reflects. Something like this would have been performed at Zai’al’s Ascension.
(Spirit Dance)
Dead Can Dance Ancestor worship was an important part of early årdrakin society. In modern times, elders and ancestors are revered and respected for their knowledge, achievements, and contributions toward building and maintaining the Empire. A spirit dance might be performed to call upon the strength, courage, and blessing of the ancestors.
Industrial Love In Strict Confidence Main theme for the skarastaja. It’s quite reflective of the mob mentality of their society. This was the first piece of music to strike me as being suitable for AOS!
Isa Wardruna As with Stamina Rose, this song sounds like something that would be heard echoing within Vek Ålnå as part of some kind of prayer or ritual to Årdra.
Tyr Wardruna This song is another that suggests the kind of music that årdrakin would compose, sing, and listen to. The sounds leading into the start of the song almost make me think of applause with some kind of fine rods (because årdrakin have sharp talons and nobody wants to shred their fingers by banging them together). I envision singing is a social clan activity done around a central fire, to celebrate victories and other events, relive epic battles, mourn the passing of loved ones, and just to relax for a good time together with food and drink. A song that sounds like Tyr would be the kind of song sung for a more solemn or serious gathering.
Raido Wardruna In ancient times, to transition from adolescence to adulthood in order to be considered proper clan warriors, young årdrakin had to complete a ritual “hunt” in the wild jungles of Drakiru: capture and subsequently tame a large wolf/cougar/horse-like animal (one of Drakiru’s other apex predators) as a warmount and lifetime companion (despite årdrakin being able to fly)—a dangerous and probably bloody adventure. This ritual persists to the present day even if most wars take place out among the stars. The clans still happily fight among themselves at home, and who wants to go to war without a proper war mount? A song like Raido speaks to the relationship the årdrakin have with their war mounts.
Kingdom VNV Nation A secondary theme for Gannik. Creepy for how well it suits him and his motivations!
The Fallen Steve Jablonsky Vÿškåríel’s theme. This piece reinforces all the very sinister vibes Vÿš has going for him. He is a strong, ambitious character, but also brutal, dark, and dangerous.
Theme from Voltaic Jack Wall If this had been written for an animated version of AOS, it would be called “Dezÿrí’s Sorrow”.
Fly Céline Dion A song like this might be sung at an årdrakin funeral. The lyrics speak well to traditional årdrakin beliefs about being fearless in the face of death, rejoining the spirits and ancestors among the cosmic winds, and eventually being born again.
Lost in Paradise Evanescence A song that captures how Dezÿrí feels as she’s growing up.
Touch the Sky Julie Fowlis A song for Dezÿrí once she breaks out on her own and begins to find herself again.
Castle Halsey Dezÿrí eventually discovers she can’t avoid her destiny.
You Can Still Be Free Darren Hayes Arlayn’s theme.
Your World Will Fail Les Friction A personal message from Gannik to Dezÿrí. Ahem.
All Our Sins VNV Nation The series’ title track.
Purushayita Epica Ambient. This piece reminds me of various activities and elements in the story, as if it could play in the background of certain scenes. It also evokes emotional imagery of characters like Dezÿrí and Zai’al.
Song of the Dragonfly Tom Aragon Ambient. Drakinvír are cute, spunky, and temperamental creatures that are fond of biting unsupervised fingers—but they also have their own sort of quiet majesty, as any dragon should (even miniature ones). In the story, one drakinvír in particular is perhaps a bit more majestic than the others, and this song would be his theme.
Corn Amused Jean-Pierre Isaac Theme for the årdrakin. This piece brings to mind images of the way Årdra and her temple is intended to be as opposed to how Zai’al’s ambition has corrupted both.
In the Air Tonight Phil Collins An image song for Bal’al and Zai’al. This music would play during the conflict which arises between these characters.
UruR Wardruna This song brings images to mind of legions of årdrakin cavalry and airborne warriors clashing on battlefields over clan territories and warriors chanting and drumming for victory over their rivals.
Blow Me Away Breaking Benjamin A generic sort of battle theme for the various conflicts in the story. Årdrakin have an aggressive streak and combat is an important part of their culture. This song would probably play during scenes with space battles!
Pride Simon Collins A secondary theme for Arlayn and the main theme song of the skarastaja dissident forces.
All Of Who You Are Simon Collins Inspirational. A secondary theme for the skarastaja.
Tomorrow Never Comes VNV Nation When things go wrong…they go very wrong.
World on Fire Les Friction When all seems lost, someone will come to save the day…more or less.
Dark Matter Les Friction A supervillain theme for Gannik. The lyrics and overall sound of this song speak well to downright super bad guy badness.
Who Will Save You Now Les Friction There are survivors…and instead of lying down and accepting defeat, they’re coming back for revenge at any cost. Who will save you now? They survived and nothing can stop them. No one can save you.
Lady of Worlds Miracle of Sound Dezÿrí’s theme. Speaks to her internal conflict about her identity and the path her life needs to take.
Sentinal VNV Nation It’s hard picking up the pieces and carrying on but there are always those who refuse to lay down.
Louder Than Words Les Friction When it comes time for the årdrakin to kick ass, they’re going to kick that ass hard…and loudly!
See Who I Am Within Temptation An image song for Arlayn and Dezÿrí. This song will make more sense to readers once Arlayn has been introduced in the story. :)
Light Years Away Simon Collins Inspirational. Speaks to certain themes in the story. Also a theme for the ixokazi.
Winter In July Sarah Brightman Inspirational. Speaks to various conflicts/choices the characters and their societies face.
The Dream Within Lara Fabian Inspirational. Speaks to certain themes in the story.
The Farthest Star VNV Nation An uplifting song for the resolution of the story.
Further VNV Nation If AOS was animated, this song would play during the end credits.