Who is this Feryl DeMarco and where did she come from?! Whatever the case, this is her debut track, and what an impression she’s left. Cyan Eyed is an erratic breakcore piece, filled to the brim with crazy drum patterns along with unpredictable synth sounds as well as the inclusion of what sounds like wind instruments. Since this is DeMarco’s first release, we can only imagine what’ll come next. Keep your eyes out!
John Kenza is a gem. Making its debut at Ponyville CiderFest, this remix is yet another example of why I think these ponies’ voices were meant for this style of music. Kenza’s house beat blends perfectly with everyone’s voices as well as the slowly building song, climaxing with a bouncy house synth riff before fading out slowly with a slow piano rendition of the show’s theme. Prepare the tissues, because the emotion is real.
If there’s one thing Toby Macarony’s good at, it’s defying expectations. This track is a rock n’ roll piece that sounds like it was lifted straight from the 1950s. So many great elements are here: a catchy bassline, a prominent trumpet riff in front of some acoustic chords as well as some jazzy drums. Makes you really wanna grab a few drinks, doesn’t it?
Jyc Row’s latest EP Legion is finally here, and this is just the beginning. Joining him on this track is violinist Maria Grigoryeva, whose musicianship really helps complete this epic piece about the changeling queen herself. Jyc is known for his orchestral mastery, but when joined with another musician in this field, whatever comes out is guaranteed to be amazing. Be sure to check out Legion on Bandcamp and buy a CD if you can!
Tw3Lv3 never stops, does he? Track 6 from Release, this 5 minute long number sets off with a chilled out lo-fi vibe as we’ve come to expect from him. A melodic bassline carries the song along with soft yet erratic drums in front of orchestral-esque synths and the sound of falling rain. Grab yourself a blanket and some hot chocolate, because the rain is coming. Stay warm!
It’s been just over a month since the show ended, yet the tributes don’t stop pouring in. His second release since returning to the dBPony moniker, he delivers a fantastic tribute to the show’s legacy by way of a fast-paced punk rock track with glitzy synths and his amazing voice and harmonies. Enlisted to help him are a group of bronies contributing gang shouts throughout certain points of the song to drive the message home. With callbacks to the show and fandom such as a segment from the show with Celestia’s voice as well as references to Forest Rain’s Great To Be Different and closing the song with a soft rendition of the show’s theme tune, this fan tribute is everything you could ever ask for!
Injustrial has just made waves again with his industrial power, but unfortunately this will be his last foray into the pony scene. As we’ve come to expect from Injustrial, the song features heavy amounts of synth and bass to drive the song with his distorted whispers to add to the finished product, with lyrics about the familiar theme of saying goodbye after a long time. While he may not be producing MLP content anymore, his musical endeavours aren’t ending anytime soon. No matter what he does, let’s keep our support up!
Making his debut on the Cider Party channel is Tw3Lv3 with the Asian-inspired Tsukimi! Track 11 from his debut album Release, this banger showcases his usual lo-fi style with the addition of a sampled guzheng that plays harmonic and fretted notes, giving it an Asian feeling as well as making the whole track seem a lot more organic. The whole track is built around the same melody, with little variations here and there, such as the middle where the guzheng is filtered out and the bass takes over. A little change can add a lot in the long run. Release has been, well… released since November 13th, so check it out!
The elusive strigidae has returned yet again. He rarely posts music (his channel has only 5 tracks from late 2016 onward, for example), but when he does, it’s a real treat. This track showcases his usual indie style as a tribute to Pinkie’s wind instrument skills from the trombone to the yovidaphone, even going as far as to feature riffs from a trumpet towards the end. strigidae’s voice is a unique one in the fandom, which cuts through this song like a knife. Don’t miss out on this one!
It wouldn’t be a General Mumble track without something creepy. In the same vein as Couldn’t You Just Simply Die? from way back, this collab between Mumble and Koa is a creepy electronic beat with edited vocal samples from the show – specifically Twilight’s BBBFF song – to add new lyrics, adding a dark twist to Twilight’s relationship with her older brother. Nightmare Night may be over, but the creepiness isn’t ending anytime soon.