Chill vibes for days! FilledSilhoutte crafted a minimalist hip-hop beat perfect for a rainy day. Indeed, the song starts out with the sound of droplets hitting the ground; sweet piano chords then join in soon followed by percussion. However, it is only when the bass finally comes in that we can feel the warmth as if coming home on a cold winter day. The vibe that emanates from the beat is reminiscent to that of Vylet’s beautiful Princess. The warmth is from the hearth and for the heart as the song ends with a cute little vocal clip from A Hearth’s Warming Tail.
This is a great time for pony music. New faces are are showing up while old ones are returning, already existing labels are developping while new ones are being created. In terms of chill music, 2019 began with Spikey Wikey’s mix showing there was demand for this family of genres that had been previously left aside by the fandom. Later this year, Tw3Lv3, Steryotype and TheTaZe undertook the responsability of building a scene from the ground up in some sense and produced decent amounts of music to relax/study to, to quote the YouTube stream that rose lo-fi to the popularity it has today. In september they created the label VibePoniez that sought to “promote brony artists who make chill music”. They had expected to have 3 to 4 lo-fi tracks overall on their debut album but it went much beyond their expectations as they recieved submissions from a great diversity of genres and even some from big names in the community.
This long EP starts off with meme tracks from the label founders themselves that are nonetheless very pleasent to listen to. Single Purpose‘s track Setbacks is short, sweet and minimalistic and uses a heart wrenching Octavia sample. Paloris‘ i still miss you makes creative use of Twilight vocal chops from I Have to Find a Way and has a great deep bass which creates a terrific chilled out atmosphere. TheChristmasSong(ChestnutsRoasting) from Steryotype is exactly what you’d expect from him: clean classic lo-fi beats. Reflection by Rayne Dear, an alias of PhonicB∞m apparently, uses some nice percussions made up of various sounds they recorded in their dad’s kitchen. Tw3Lv3 made a liquid drum & bass remix of GrazySmash‘s Dream from Helpie’s Corner: Other Side Of The Mirror, which definitly falls under the chill category. :Twi: by TCB will get a post of its own soon. Happy Mood is Insane Domi aka Mr.Sunset’s first ever released track. Even though it didn’t quite make it in Equinity 02: Catalyst, with a few tweaks and help with mastering from Tw3Lv3 it became a rock solid track to relax to. Lorris Power Note‘s Sentiments brings yet another genre to the album being a cute vocal chops-heavy synthwave track. VibePoniez’ first album and sucess ends on an ambient piece by GrazySmash which comes off as a surprise considering Grazy had only made hard hitting music so far.
Now we almost have enough for a 24/7 pony lo-fi radio! Make sure to follow VibePoniez on Bandcamp and YouTube to catch their latest releases!
Fyrefox, an alias of Dynamite Grizzly decided to give some love to the unarguably best zebra of the show. This very dancy techno track from noise.horse’s Generic Christmas Album by the Noisiest of Horses is heavy on vocal samples and has some of those old one-of-a-kind synths. It also contains references to the eponymous alleged very first music made in the fandom.
Synthwave is becoming an increasingly popular genre in the community and Lorris Power Note being a pioneer in this recent surge kept at it and created this lovely emotional track for VibePoniez’ Hearth’s Warming EP. The adorable vocal chops introduce a beautiful melody right from the beginning relayed by the synths that couldn’t be more on point. The ’80s kick and snare help set the tone too in this delightfully chillaxed track.
A mashup of My Little Pony and Bionicle! When you think you’ve seen it all … The first half is a cover of William Anderson’s Luna’s theme. It keeps the beautiful harp and the choirs however the main melody is played first by the woodwinds and then joined in by the strings, instead of introducing both at once. This lets the music slowly build up and serve as an extended version of the original of sorts. The astonishing prose poem in the description that accompanies the piece is one of Heartsong’s best works so far and explores the depths of Luna’s psyche. It is as much a part of the whole experience as the music itself.
One of the rising stars of pony music has brought us an elaborate and intricate track as part of the Equinity 02: Catalyst compilation album. The music is dominated by a great diversity of instruments and sounds, and sporadic wubs strewn across the track. The intro foreshadows what is to come by establishing sophisticated soundscapes. Then, accompanied by very interesting drums, sounds and a heavy bass we hear what appears to be a sword fight followed by pony vocal chops. Suddenly comes a wild piano interlude. Before the outro you will find a section made up of that loud bass from the beginning and unsettling hats rhythms fitting perfectly the eerie atmosphere of this incomparable track.
We’ve got a huge banger here. The track doesn’t sound like it at first, and we may wonder how Tw3Lv3’s style and MrMehster’s will mesh together as they have few similarities. After the creative intro using hilarious voice clips, we are introduced to some super catchy 8-bit arps that will make up the main melody. Only then are we hit with the hardstyle part of the track. Watch out for your necks as this will get you headbanging hard for sure. During the second half the amen break like drum section has been played live and recorded by Tw3Lv3 himself. All in all, as they say, wow, this sure is no party breath. This is available alongside many other sick tunes on Equinity 02: Catalyst.
The chant series that began six years ago is finally completed. The last three chants diverge a bit from the first half by being more energetic and giving more space to the instrumental. In particular, Chant of Selflessness has a different structure: instead of alternating choruses and verses this one starts off with the chorus, followed by all the verses, and then the chorus is repeated once more. The intro is still sung a cappella then both singers alternate responding to each other and singing in harmony. The piece definitely showcases MemJ0123‘s beautiful voice and voice acting talent and 4EverfreeBrony’s incredible vocal skills. The instrumental comprises a delightful piano and of course Koron Korak‘s stunning violin playing. All elements mesh together to form this perfect piece that will hopefully convince you to listen to the whole album.
One Track Mind paid tribute to Luna in partaking in Luna Day on the 21st of December with a reflective piece on solitude. The heavy amounts of reverb on the piano and the distorted sounds give a spatial feel, or an impression of emptiness. One can surely picture Luna waiting on the moon. I invite you to delve further in the depths of this piece, as there’s still plenty more to explore, or to guide you in your meditation.
Originally intended as a gift for a friend, Koron Korak remade the instrumental of Aviators‘ Constellations from the ground up for his cover. Turning the kick down a bit was a great idea to make space for the synths and more importantly the violin. Koron Korak’s signature instrument replaces the original vocals and as he puts it, the violin is his voice. Dancing while playing in Lindsey Stirling style is quite a feat, especially when the music is this good!