Stray video game: what’s the “Cool Down” song?

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Stray is a video game released in July 2022 that became immediately one of the most appreciated games of the year. The protagonist of the game is a stray cat who ends up in a world populated by robots, and the player must solve puzzles to progress. The video game is available for Playstation and Windows, and it has a fascinating soundtrack composed by Yann Van Der Cruyssen. One of the most popular songs of the video game, however, is a track called “Cool Down,” played by Morusque, a character in the video game. The song is so hypnotizing that people want to know more about it. This article will provide all answers.

You can find a snippet of the video game where you can hear the song here on Youtube.

What’s the Cool Down song in the video game Stray?

The Cool Down song in the video game Stray is not a track composed by the author of the soundtrack. The video game doesn’t mention it as music used for the game, but it sounds very similar to Counting Stars, a song made by the Japanese composer Nujabes. You can find the full streaming below.

Nujabes - Counting Stars

The spirit of the song inside the video game is to create a sense of nostalgia. The notes sound very familiar to video game lovers: on one side, they recall many slow tunes used by the classic video games produced in Japan in the 90s; on the other side, the notes draw inspiration from popular music, and many noted a similarity with Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up.

Japanese culture has always been very influential for video game music and producers, so there would be no surprise if a song composed by an influential Japanese composer from some years ago entered a modern video game like Stray.