In the wake of Pony Life finally seeing a wider release on Discovery Family at long last, it should be no surprise that our fandom’s musicians are looking to it for inspiration. Exhibit A is Living The Life by StealingShad3z, a jumpy pop punk track from Ponies at Dawn: Eclipse. Shad3z sings about the feeling of enjoying life at its simplest: hanging with friends and living in the moment, even featuring some little moments showing off his mastery at guitar and bass. If Dookie-era Green Day wrote about ponies, this would be what they’d sound like. Shad3z impresses once again!
Track 11 on the freshly released Ponies at Dawn: Eclipse is Lunar Eclipse III, the third in Frozen Night’s series and coincidentally his third collaboration with PrinceWhateverer! Lunar Eclipse III is a 7 minute long orchestral metal epic and some of the two’s best work to date. A minute long string build up opens the song (featuring violins courtesy of Andra Stefan), followed by the inclusion of drums before the heaviness really kicks in. Strings and crushing guitars really dominate the mix here, as if a metal band suddenly just showed up to ambush an orchestral show. Halfway in sees the inclusion of Holly Royle’s beautiful and harmonious voice, really helping this piece shine amongst everything else. Towards the end, things pick up in pace with a brilliant guitar solo and blazing fast drums, before all the other guests join in with the two musical titans to create a powerful climax. Can’t get over how awesome this one is! Easily one of the album’s highlights.
Based on Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?, My Tantibus tells us all about Luna’s inner struggle with her thoughts as they overcome her mind. All the electronic effects from the distorted voice representing the Tantibus to the strong warbling bassline in the background that adds to the dark vibe the song gives off, there’s a lot to love here. SpinScissor has a great voice, and that synth solo that closes out the song is a great climax!
The Empty Tomb returns with a remix of TCB’s Friends Can Change The World! TET’s interpretation keeps the original’s emotion and vocal chops while adding future bass elements and beautiful buildups along with those gorgeous piano keys and synthlines. The homely vibes haven’t left at all, and the way it ends feels like watching the ending of the show all over again…
Track 34 from ASOS: Chocolate is all about passion. This bouncy house track from LaunchSix features smooth vocals from Chasing Dawn with lyrical themes about musical passion while set to a lovely, homely set of chords and uplifting synth riffs. The flames that these musicians have lit will never burn out or be snuffed, and in this fandom, I definitely feel that one. Give these guys some love!
Track 2 from Equinity 03: Breach is Crystal, a unique contribution from Suskii! Beginning with a deep electronic riff with a sample of Celestia speaking about Sombra, a quick build up is telegraphed by her saying “now go!”, before building up to an insanely heavy dubstep drop with powerful punchy drums and intense synth sounds. We’re given a small break with a deep synth melody before the second half kicks in… A light synth sound makes up the bulk of this section before we’re treated to the sound of Suskii’s vocals, which are harmonius and filled with emotional. Right after is a sudden change of pace with the addition of heavy drums, distorted guitars and screaming. This metal/dubstep fusion showcases a lot of his musical chops while being a welcome fit on the compilation. And this is only the beginning!
Rottentotten takes a dive into orchestral territory with Song of the Sea. The song does well to capture the mood of sailing across a stormy sea, with plucked and bowed strings alike driving the melody over light percussion and sounds of water and thunder. 6 minutes of orchestral goodness can’t be passed up!
Koron Korak’s seventh musical tribute to his late brother is A Last Melody, an orchestral piece that utilises an organ and violin as the central instruments. The two play in harmony with a melody that compliments each other well, the overall vibe sounding sad yet cathartic, eventually building up to a climax with the violin’s high note which represents Koron’s voice. This song, as mentioned by Koron, is his way of saying words of goodbye that he wasn’t able to say at the time…
Dear me, it’s getting hot in here…
Track 33 from Ponies at Dawn: Ignite is Fluffy Marshmallows, a collab between BlackIceMusic, Chasing Dawn and Lennon Black! This bouncy song features great callbacks to Mantlegen’s Dirty Gem, even going as far as to use some of the same samples! Dawn delivers a smooth set of bars about Rarity’s… softness… all while the beat bounces with its catchy synth riffs and rumbly basslines. Think Rarity would dance to this one?
Track 4 from the WIP Remix EP is BeatSpark’s bouncy take on the MrMehster and Tw3Lv3 track! After a speedy and peppy intro, we’re treated to a phone conversation in front of a drop before launching into a powerful dubstep section that gradually picks up in speed. My favourite part personally is the little break before the end where the synths are muffled-sounding before becoming clear once again, keeping its heavenly sound. BeatSpark deserves more recognition!