A true fandom classic! This cover comes complete with an original instrumental composed specifically for the track. From the moment the more prominent horn section first hits your ears, you know you’re in for Something Special (see what I did there?). TheHeatRush‘s vocals are clean, strong, and easy to listen to, while Derpy’s goosebumps-inducing vocals (supplied by Synthfox) are enough to make your heart melt. This remake stays faithful to Forest Rain’s original song (a must-listen, especially if you’ve never heard it before) while adding an original flair, reminding you that you’re listening to a unique arrangement. The harmony at the end of the track is beautiful, the perfect end to an already amazing composition.
Day and Night meet in an epic showdown! This culmination of “Daybreaker Boogie” and “Paint the Moon Red” is featured as track 7 on the new Ponies at Dawn album Zenith and boasts sassy, cleverly-written lyrics, funky instrumentals by L-Train, powerful vocals from 4EverfreeBrony and Koa (reprising their roles as Daybreaker and Nightmare Moon, respectively), and a groovy swing that you can’t help but dance (or at least bop your head along) to. Keep your ears open for a melodic callback to “Paint the Moon Red”, namedrops of the two previous P@D albums on which the aforementioned predecessor tracks were featured (Ignite and Eclipse), and even a SpongeBob SquarePants reference.
What happens when these two celestial rivals butt heads? Take a listen!
Nyanakaru (a.k.a. Nyancat380) brings us something a bit different than their usual flair. “Someone Like You” has an almost relaxing vibe that lures you into a false sense of ease as the lyrics initially sound like a love song. Don’t get too relaxed though, as there’s a twist which the chilling artwork by Highroller alludes to. The mixing puts you in the center of the band as the instrumentals immerse your ears, switching between surround sound with different instruments in each ear and a single more monotone guitar, all while maintaining an old-timey phonographic vibe. This track is RariJack to the extreme and, while slightly creepy, is still a bop worth listening to.
A household name with an orchestral twist! PrinceWhateverer and Frozen Night bring us an emotional track about King Sombra’s relationship with Princess Celestia that fans of the IDW comics will especially appreciate. Keep an ear out for the drum solos as well as the orchestral breakdown by Frozen Night, which beautifully contrasts with the heavy guitar that Prince is known for, putting Sombra and Celestia’s heartbreak front and center. Add to that the wonderful animation by Nootaz, and you have a collaboration that’s definitely worth a watch!