The music group Palette-Swap Ninja (consisting of Jude Kelley and Dan Amrich) have finally releases a project that took five long years to complete. Their new album, a concept album titled Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans, is available, and IT’S FREE! And yes, this album combines the lore of Star Wars — particularly Episode IV: A New Hope, IN ORDER — and The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and there’s good reason for that. This year we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars on May 25, and June 1st will be the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.
The entire Beatles album was re-recorded as accurately as possible, but in away that would retell the entire story of the original Star Wars film. Palette-Swap Ninja went through the trouble to include every bit of detail in this project (in terms of music production and songwriting) to do both culturally significant properties justice. Some of those details included: hyper-specific lyrics matching the original Beatles songs’ cadences, reverse-engineering everything the Beatles recorded from scratch (including the distorted saxophone riffs and the Indian tabla rhythms). No wonder it took HALF A DECADE to complete. The whole album available as both 320kbps MP3 and FLAC downloads, streaming and embedding on SoundCloud at a mobile-friendly 128kbps, and you can watch the visual album experience on YouTube, edited by Katrin Auch.