Always one to drop by to share surprise teasers after months of silent work, Stardew Valley creator Eric Barone sat down in a live stream with Reason Studios composing software to talk about creating the Stardew soundtrack and ended up debuting part of a track from his upcoming store simulator. games Haunted Chocolatier also.
After spending some time talking about songwriting and playing around with the effects used in the Stardew soundtrack (which is worth listening to in its entirety), Barone offers to showcase some of his musical work so far on Haunted Chocolatier.
The first track he shows is for one of the Haunted Chocolatier bosses (and no, I’m sure we didn’t know he had bosses yet, so that’s another surprise detail). You can listen to the super lively trumpet and drum track on the timestamp here. I’m warning you now that it’s captivating as hell.
The live chat asks if Barone called him “boss B”, implying “boss A” or “boss bee”. Barone reverses the audio timeline to focus on a particularly choppy part of the track as a cue. If you need any further clarification, the filename at the top of his screen definitely says “beeboss”. Chocolatier bee boss confirmed, and all.
“Not all of Haunted Chocolatier is this upbeat salsa tune. In fact, that’s weird,” says Barone, and offers to share another track called “Pristine Snow.” This one sounds a lot more like the ambient music I recognize from Stardew Valley, a cold piano, a sad oboe and some sleigh bells to really get into the winter vibes at Haunter Chocolatier.
“Most of the music in the game will probably sound like this,” says Barone. “A kind of eerie, dark, snowy feeling. That must sound like a mysterious night in the snow.”
Earlier in the interview, Barone spoke about Haunted Chocolatier’s music more generally, describing the game as a little “darker” and saying he’s leaning more towards using synth sounds this time around.
As with other parts of Chocolatier, it looks like we’ll definitely be able to see Stardew’s roots in it, even the salsa boss bops.