Personally I associate GitS more with Kenji Kawai than Yoko Kanno.Most of GiTS anime songs aren't even count as "Synthwave," especially with Yoko Kanno somber jazz & more feminine feels to it.
Personally I associate GitS more with Kenji Kawai than Yoko Kanno.
I think it comes down to which one you are exposed to first I suppose. LOLFor me it's the other way around.
The 2nd one is just a remix I like but I'm willing to guess you've heard the original, being a fellow GitS fan.
What I'm saying is I agree with your 2nd point.
I hope to hear music from bars and passing by cars, etc... otherwise nothing, except maybe something to emphasize hostility or some other queue where some background music might be a welcome addition.
Music can very easily be overdone. That's not to discredit the musicians that work to bring music into games. It just needs to be used correctly.
The GitS 1995 movie made a huge impression on me. The GitS TV series not so much … wasn't much of a fan of the more "pop" soundtrack either.
I mostly associate Yoko Kanno with Macross Plus - yes, I'm really showing my age with all these references.
Your hopes have been answered, as they said music won't really be playing on the background of the city so you can hear the sounds of the city it self.