Rarity Advocate’s first track of the year (and decade, by extention) is finally here! Sinfonia for Klavier is a two part story told through music, with each image depicting a different scenario. The first part of the song solely consists of a harpsicord playing a regal melody fitting of the princesses; they’re seen waking up in bed in the morning. The track then quickly fading out into a much softer piano part that shows an image of Luna and Starlight Glimmer sitting across from one another over some tea. They’ve shown you don’t need words to get a good image in your head!
Whirlwind returns with another unique electronic piece. Based on Lesson Zero, The Friendship Experiment is an erratic and glitchy track with lots of hefty sounds and NES styled synths. All the craziness brings about feelings of being in Twilight’s underground lab while thinking of ways to create problems to solve. The Aphex Twin influence is very prominent!
PinkiePieSwear‘s 2011 classic S&CS has just been revamped by Likonan! His version of the track is a lot faster and has a 90s style trance/eurodance vibe throughout the whole thing. The familiar chopped up vocal melody from the original is also present here as a nice tribute. As is the case with his other remix videos, the video features text from Likonan about the track as well as his own feelings on the original. Beautiful vibes all around!
Fresh off the presses from Spikey Wikey is Chants, the A-side from the newly released Chants/Nice Things single! Chants does a very good job at creating a unique atmosphere with only a few elements; Fluttershy vocal samples, breakbeat samples, faint synths and a brooding bassline. Her voice is the real star of the show, adding to the track’s ominous atmosphere, particularly when she simply vocalises along with the main melody. Like she says, just give it a chance!
Snow Swirl returns with their first release in nearly a year: a remix of A Friend For Life from Equestria Girls! This DnB rendition creates a warm, tight-knit atmosphere with the beautiful synths and piano tracks along with the original vocals and brilliantly crafted drumlines. Even with the fast pace, the mood is very uplifting and wholesome, and Jerrica Santos’ vocals – much like basically every vocalist on the show – suit the genre very well!
The elusive Pony Killerz returns with a remix of Eniix‘s old tune Flutter Rage! Their version basically takes the original track and modernises it with clean production and dynamics while also using the original sample, that being Fluttershy raging in a different language. The powerful distorted bass really brings out those feelings you hear in her voice!
Love is in bloom with the third track from LaunchSix’s Gravity EP. Distance Between Us shows a beautiful electronic atmosphere, the lovely major key pads and piano riffs behind heavy drums painting an image of the brighter sides of unideal situations, this one in particular being a long-distance relationship. Even those far apart can feel close as can be!
Tracks 8 and 9 from The TwiLuna Album are bundled together in this video from Maressey. Stretch Out and Wait is performed by Warbalist and is sung from Luna’s perspective, depicting a scenario where Twilight reflects on her relationship with Luna deeply, while the latter simply tells her to loosen up and enjoy the moment. Warbalist’s vocals capture Morrissey’s dreary singing style with flying colours. The next track, Reel Around The Fountain, is performed by project leader Freewave with vocals from Metal Mare. This one is from Twilight’s eyes, where she finally comes to terms with her love for Luna. Metal Mare’s vocals soar beautifully in front of the somber instrumental, lead by tight rhythm section and a clean guitar. These two tracks are a lovely pair!
It’s always a treat when Ocean Melody uploads. March of the Tides is their second song based on the Background Pony fanfic, and like Darkness Sonata, it focuses just on the lyre to create a song. A lead melody plays over a soft arpeggio, sounding melancholic and brooding as it is said to be Lyra’s own spin on a song called Sunset Bolero. Short, but bittersweet.
Comebacks? Comebacks. Arcana is Sonic Rainboom’s first track in nearly 2 years, and was it worth the wait? This is a progressive trance piece that features Twilight Sparkle’s vocals chopped up to create part of the melody along with the atmospheric and filtered synths. The end result is something that sounds like a trance track from the 2000s, much like BassPon3‘s discography. What a wonderful way to return to the fold!