This song is really interesting and filled to the brim with musical creativity. It starts with ambient sounds then builds up to a fun and energetic drop. The second buildup sounds like it will lead to the same drop, but instead surprises us with a last minute psy switch up with trap hats. The music box has a high responsibility in the lively vibes radiating from the song. Let’s hope sleepy toaster keeps doing more of this because it is very promising.
In 2018 Wootmaster released My Little Mixtape, a compilation album of all of his previous works plus an original, the album opener: Little by Little. The backing beat by Abrante deserved more than one lyricist to pen their verses onto, so Hmpoy remade Wootmaster’s masterpiece, adding their own message. Taking their time therefore never out of breath and always understandable, Hmpoy goes for a different flow but rides the beat seamlessly nonetheless. Further extending a message of hope to the fandom, the bittersweetness acknowledges nevertheless the hardships that have been faced and the ones yet to come. People like Hmpoy are the new generation of peers Wootmaster spoke of in the original.
The ska song I Will See Them Fall by Francis Vace, released on Ponies At Dawn – Celestial Planes was a delight. Ardeleiz made an acoustic cover of it, their voice solely accompanied by the sound of an acoustic guitar, which they manage to make a great diversity of sounds come out from. The energy of the original is still here, conveyed through the stunningly high quality vocals, but more controlled, serener. A pleasing common trait both the songs share are the Hispanic vibes emanating from them.
The Luna Ticks made a comeback at the end of last year and submitted a song for Ponies At Dawn – Ignite. Alcohol Like Oxygen is sung from the perspective of a character whose friend tends to go a bit overboard in the alcohol department, Berry Punch for instance. It can be seen as a sequel to Complication that came out four years ago. The instrumental is just what Quicksilver‘s style is: guitars and bass that rock hard, with a special note here on the mixing of the drums that include live-like panning. The vocals from Quicksilver and Francis Vace are full of energy and passion as always — the Luna Ticks in essence.
Totalspark’s style is unique in a way that makes it instantly recognizable, whichever genre they work with as long as it is one you can chill to. Part of the reason for it is the chord progressions and pads in their intros, executed beautifully in this one. In What Remains, Totalspark’s vocals shine once more, delivering the poetry in the lyrics splendidly. You can find it among other wonders on Ponies At Dawn – Ignite.
This song is straight out of Nyancat380’s dark side. The two drops this song comprises are absolutely mind blowing. They scream aggressiveness, with sounds of metal being ripped apart, screeches galore and no fear of saturation. This song takes place in the small somber and obscure story that is told across multiple videos on Nyancat380’s channel that one has to decipher to fully understand.
PSMFer is a new face in the music side of the fandom, though he has made animations (including PMVs) in the past. Aversion is his second song, the first one being Wonders, releasing tomorrow (or today, depending on when this writeup is published and on time zones) on Ponies At Dawn – Ignite. This DnB song is insane, especially coming from someone with only one full song of experience. Furthermore, the neurofunk and garage inspirations are very welcome. Rainbow Dash’s dream in Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep? is rendered perfectly and the loud sub, the tight drums and the gasps for air give an impression of suffocation, of having nowhere to run, of drowning in the stuff nightmares are made of.
Ready for a hard-hitting banger? Everfree Forest was originally a collab between 174UDSI (now Yellow Tune) and Exiark released in 2014. It still holds the title of being among the cream of the crop of the fandom’s hardstyle collection. In 2017 it came out on Ponies At Dawn – Memories, but just got remixed by Yellow Tune. In this rework melody plays a lesser role, the emphasis being on sound design and energy instead. It hits overall harder than the original, from which little remains, aside from the structure, the vocal clips of Melody Bird and some sounds. The song begins with rainforest ambient noises, then the stirring super saws come in. The kick is central in hardstyle, and here he just nailed it, making for some serious headbanging material.
Studio Quinn (previously known as M2the3rd) keeps delivering heartfelt songs, this one being about Trixie and those who don’t always come out on top. The lyrics are from a poem by Sea Cream and the instrumental Studio Quinn created for them could not be more fitting. The sweet piano playing impresses strong emotions and is later joined by drums and strings in the second chorus. A guitar even makes an appearance in the last quarter of the song. Carried by the delicate singing are the same feelings of being overshadowed by peers.
You might remember Mylo the Kidd from their verse in sad hors hours — which was absolute fire. Since then they’ve been silent, but just came back with this killer song. Their flow is impeccable and they deliver some lines in a way that seems impossible to pull off, but saves them at the last second. This style keeps the listener on their toes (hooves?) and it complements the equally interesting lyrics. The production is a clean, chill lo-fi loop that leaves a lot of room for the rapping. Welcome back Mylo.