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MelodyBrony – Moonlight [2021] | Pop Rock

MelodyBrony returns with his first track of the year: a remake of his 2020 single Moonlight! This polished piece is all about Big Mac and Sugar Belle’s little thing they’ve got going on, with some nice, light guitars in the background. Who doesn’t love a cheesy love song from time to time?

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MelodyBrony – Better Rush! | Pop Punk

Right in time for Hearth’s Warming, MelodyBrony rushes (heh) back into the scene with an appropriately speedy song for the season, Better Rush! All about Best Gift Ever, the message is all about rushing to make ends meet and finding the perfect gift. I’m sure some of you can definitely relate to that feeling!

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bank pain – The Long Defeat | Album | Electronic

Best known for his work on Ponies at Dawn, bank pain has just unleashed The Long Defeat, a concept album that had been in the works for a year. Accompanying the 11-track release is a booklet containing a lengthy story. Track 1 – “and our hands areā€¦” is a nice lo-fi track that begins with an acoustic guitar with some atmospheric ambient synths behind it. There’s a small build up with light percussion and what sounds like wind instruments before things break down and we hear the sound of a marching drum. Right off the bat, the sound design for this album is something truly amazing. peacekeeper 2020, a remake of the original from 2017, sees a heavy yet atmospheric drumstep style. The juxtaposition of the soft strings and rain sounds combined with the strong bass and hard-hitting drums – especially when it speeds up halfway through – makes for something truly spectacular. The next track is fog in the treetops which features violin from Koron Korak and a continuation of the amazing sound design we’ve seen so far. This track slows things down and lets the instruments breathe. The other songs with guests also stick out, especially shellshock cafe with SDreamExplorerS and nightmares in iron with Burning Gryphon. The latter track features a slightly wonky beat which gives it a chaotic edge. Overall, The Long Defeat stands as one of this year’s best releases, and will leave you wanting more once it’s over. We’ve been through a lot this year, but I guarantee this will lift you up just a little bit!

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SnowShovel and Forest Rain – Luna (Alt. Mode) (Covering Odyssey Eurobeat) | Hard Rock

Known for his Rocksmith charts of PrinceWhateverer songs, SnowShovel96 makes his musical debut with Luna (Alt Mode), a cover of the Odyssey classic! Joining him is Forest Rain, who really completes this project with her powerful voice. This cover is actually based on her own interpretation of the song: a fast-paced rock track all about the princess of the night. I love how punchy and strong everything converges here, from the crunchy guitars to the grit in Forest’s voice, even those additional lyrics in the second verse! We can only hope the future holds great things for SnowShovel; he’s left a brilliant first impression.

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MirroredReality – Mirage | Folktronica

MirroredReality’s latest song is a brilliant song that incorporates sounds from Indian folk music to add some spice to an already brilliant electronic track. Thanks to the rise of genres like Goa trance, this is a common thing in the EDM scene and I can see why; everything you hear here from the choir and wind/synth melodies to the ethnic drums in the background work super well together!

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Witch of Despair – Celestial Protectress | Drum & Bass

Witch of Despair hits the scene again with an ethereal track about Celestia entitled Celestial Protectress. I can just imagine that scene in Magical Mystery Cure where she leads Twilight down a path showing off some memories here! The harps, choir and synths all work with the drums to create a track that sounds peaceful while also remaining speedy. Takes a lot of work to do something this special!

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[P@D] Osoch – A Longing Introspection | Orchestral

After a year of quietness, Osoch returns with a beautiful song, A Longing Introspection. Track 69 (nice) from Ponies At Dawn: Eclipse, it’s very different from what you’d normally expect of him. The entire piece is orchestral and slow, with plenty of room to breathe. I love how calm the piano and strings come together, and those faint little bell sounds that really give this piece a strong atmosphere. Glad to have you back, Osoch!