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Ardhy Mahardhy – Through Space and Time | Progressive House / Trance

The season 5 finale of “Friendship is Magic” follows Twilight and Spike on an epic journey through time and space to oppose Starlight and save the world.  Ardhy Mahardhy has set out to capture this adventure in song form. An up-tempo melody played on a fun synth is complimented by a driving beat propelled by muted drums. Urgent sounds of time fleeing like a runaway train permeate the midsection, and I felt a sense of flying through time and space in a shower of a glittering lights. The overall effect is a feeling of time rushing towards an epic outcome as worlds collide and destinies are determined. This piece really lives up to its name as it carries the listener on an interstellar journey “through space and time!”

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RedSpark – Phoenix Rising | Epic Orchestral

Phoenixes are unquestionably some of the most dazzling mythical beings portrayed in the MLP universe, and RedSpark’s “Phoenix Rising” pays homage to these compelling creatures with inspired musical story telling.  The piece is initially subdued, not immediately throwing the listener into an epic battle, but rather, creating a slow crescendo with strings, horns, and powerful drums that slowly build to epic heights.  Later on, the climactic moment drops to a steady pace complimented by faint vocals in the background.  Towards the end of the piece, the instruments recede to feature only the vocals in the forefront.  However, the powerful drumbeats and the horns soon return to achieve a final epic triumph. Though, overall, the piece is somewhat subdued in nature, strong emotional overtones resonate through every instrument, creating a truly inspiring vibe throughout the track from start to finish. Enjoy this first track from RedSpark’s upcoming new album; it’s a tasty intro of the good things to come!

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Songbird Choir – Legacy | Orchestral

With Generation 5’s release of “Legacy” right on our doorstep, many of us in this community find ourselves looking back at countless fond memories of G4, the unforgettable legacy it has left behind, and the friendships that will never end! Such is the inspiration behind Songbird Choir’s emotional tribute to the G4 fandom. Both uplifting and melancholic chords comprise this piece with powerful strings and drums flowing throughout, complimented by gentle piano sections. The track’s alternating happy and sad chords highlight the good memories of the show along with the solemnity of saying goodbye to many beloved characters and compelling stories that have captured our imaginations for many years.  Songbird Choir has even created a nostalgic PMV to go along with their commemorative piece. Experience a nostalgic trip down memory lane as “Legacy” immerses you in heartwarming memories of the “magic” that friendship can bring. 

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Snow Swirl – Evening in Ponyville | Drum & Bass

If you’re down for a simple evening stroll through quaint, rural streets, Snow Swirl perfectly captures that mood with “Evening in Ponyville.”  Peaceful, light instrumentation dotted with some lively DnB sections maintains an overall relaxed vibe, throughout.  Up-tempo drum and bass sections balance out more ambient sections. Some of the sound design reminded me of a nostalgic background track for an old-timey video game.  Let this track’s soothing vibes warm you with the hometown-feel of Ponyville as the fading rays of Celestia’s sunlight dip beneath the horizon.

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BlueBrony – Rush Hour Cadence | Nu-Disco

In the third installment of his princess-themed album, “The Princess Cycle,” BlueBrony presents “Rush Hour Cadence” – a funky, upbeat disco track inspired by the princess of love. A short intro with some fun plucks on the electric guitar quickly leads to an up-tempo drop with some funky disco sound design that periodically pulls back to make room for some smooth vocals.  An interesting end to the piece is created by sounds reminiscent of a phonograph of yesteryear that slowly fades out.  There’s even the sound of a record disc being popped out as the music comes to an end.  Featuring plenty of horns, guitar, and fun synths, this track feels like a refreshing blast from the past with a modern twist.  Be sure to check out this fun piece, as well as the other princess-themed tracks on BlueBrony’s newest album, “The Princess Cycle.”

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[VibePoniez] The Empty Tomb – Getaway | House

Chill vibes, anyone? The folks at VibePoniez promote the finest chill songs in the community – songs that can easily whisk us away to a place of peace and relaxation.  Featured on VibePoniez’ latest album, “Plaza,” The Empty Tomb ‘s “Getaway” does just that.  This breezy track offers a warm, tropical feel featuring epic drops broken up by peaceful interludes.  Sounds of nature cascade over the listener throughout, and it’s easy to imagine a host of vacation sights and sounds, like sunbathing on a golden sand, snorkeling through coral reefs, or hiking up a mountain.  So, for those times when we feel like taking a break from the noise and busyness of everyday life, we can let this fun track transport us away for a while to a tropical island adventure.

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Wandering Artist – Happy Memories (feat. Pony Town musicians) | Soundtrack

Who would have thought than an animated show featuring colorful ponies could and would give rise to a gifted and inspiring community that thrives on love, creativity, and the magic of friendship?  Well, to quote my fellow writer, DrakeEmberHeart, once again, “art inspires art,” and MLP has indeed inspired countless artists across the globe to create a bottomless well of artistic creativity that includes visual art and animation, short stories and full-fledged novels, fun games, and amazing musical compositions.

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Wandering Artist – Baker’s Shuffle | Soundtrack

Game developers for the popular game, “Pony Town,” have just released a new place to explore: the bakery!  And, of course, with this tasty location comes new music by talented composer, Wandering Artist. Aptly named, “Baker’s Shuffle” recalls the relaxed, old-world pace and ambience of a traditional French bakery.  Accordions and light jazz elements mingle invitingly and encourage the listener to sit back, relax, and enjoy the culinary delights, friendly conversation, and hustle and bustle of a real bakery.  So, whether you’re a long-time resident of Pony Town or a new arrival, a trip to the bakery will bring a musical treat!
This is part of the Pony Town OST update on Bandcamp Pony Town Bakery Update.

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Avicii – Wake Me Up (feat. Aloe Blacc) | House (what else would it be?)

I’m sure that all of you have seen the announcement about HMH’s change in terms of the music we’ve been covering, but just in case you haven’t, please go and read it first!  Many of us were probably not expecting this, but after much deliberation, all of us here at what has now become House Music Herald feel that this is the right choice going forward.  We hope that you all will support us in this shift as well! We have discussed the various aspects of this in depth and have answered every question, so as we move forward, here is my first article for House Music Herald!

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SpinScissor – IN MOTION | Future Bass/Midtempo

New information and character designs from MLP G5 have recently been released, and the fandom has been quick to respond, especially with music inspired by the upcoming generation.  SpinScissor, a newer artist on the scene, has jumped on the G5 train as well, presenting an upbeat track that features a diverse instrumental with interesting melodies and rhythms.  A fun drop section with a futuristic vibe, quirky sound design, and pony vocal chops carrying several different melodies all fit together wonderfully in this playful piece.  In the final drop, SpinScissor really lives up to his name with what feels like a quirky conglomeration of funky sounds and melodies that had me imagining random objects spinning around but somehow bringing hope in the midst of glorious chaos.  It’s as if we are hearing random thunder and watching strips of almost indiscernible light in the night sky until, suddenly, the thunder and light explode into a glorious display of fireworks and the mystery is revealed.   

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