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[P@D] TCB – Above (feat. Kozzy) | Color Bass/Hip Hop

TCB continues to amaze with his fun, wonky sound design and subtle melodies. His latest funky creation, “Above” is yet another awesome pre-release from Ponies at Dawn’s upcoming compilation album, “Zenith.”  Muted, yet powerfully delivered rap vocals from Kozzy are supported by a bouncy color bass beat, with some oriental-sounding instrumentation providing extra flavor throughout. With its stellar rap vocals and energetic sound design, this track will make you want to get up and dance!
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[P@D] Ethan Toavs – Sol’s Journey | Orchestral

“Sol’s Journey”, Ethan Toavs’ latest orchestral masterpiece, demonstrates this artist’s proven ability to paint epic pictures using a musical canvas. Featuring a colorful medley of majestic horns and drums, and punctuated by airy woodwinds and dreamy string segments, this track offers the listener an emotionally uplifting journey from start to finish, accurately reflecting the song title. “Sol’s Journey” is a pre-release from the upcoming Ponies at Dawn album, “Zenith,” so be sure to listen to this and other amazing tracks on P@D’s next album!
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4EverfreeBrony – By The Wind (feat. MEMJ0123, Metajoker, Whirldwind, & CyrilTheWolf) | Pop Rock

No stranger to making fun, upbeat pop rock songs, 4EverfreeBrony’s newest track, By The Wind, offers a fresh display of his finely-honed talent.  Insightful lyrics delivered with pristine vocal harmonies by 4EverfreeBrony and MEMJ0123 are supercharged by energetic piano, drums, and bass provided by Metajoker, Whirldwind, and CyrilTheWolf, respectively. Together, these talented musicians tell a poignant and relatable story of a couple sailing across the ocean, blown by strong winds of epic change.  The couple is scarred and rowing hard, unsure of their survival and uncertain of the future.  With such a potent message, By The Wind is nevertheless uplifting and fun, encouraging faith over fear for all who feel precariously blown into uncharted territory.

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[P@D] Frozen Night – Awakening (feat. SDreamExplorerS) | Symphonic Metal

The call has gone out to all warriors!  It’s time for “Awakening!”  This epic track from Frozen Night’s concept album, Time’s Arrow, dives right into battle mode as resounding bass drums begin to herald a rousing call to war.  Uplifting choirs and dramatic strings and horns build a sense of destiny advancing into strong conflict.  An uplifting, Celtic-warrior-type melody eventually bursts into a climactic electric guitar solo by SDreamExplorerS, which brilliantly expresses the buildup to the critical point of battle where the tide turns, and victory is assured.  For all who want to awaken the righteous warrior within, be sure to listen to this inspiring track from P@D’s newest album release, Aurora.

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Frozen Night – Ambient.White OST – The Heart of Battle | Orchestral

Igniting the warrior’s heart within us all, Frozen Night’s “The Heart of Battle” expertly tosses the listener straight into the midst of an epic conflict.  This cinematic soundtrack – the battle theme for the upcoming MLP-inspired game, “Ambient.White” – allows the listener’s imagination to soar with images of clashing swords, flashing hooves, and driving war drums that serve to propel the embattled soldier forward to victory.  Stirring orchestral horns, strings, and percussion punctuated by staccato choirs paint an electrifying battle landscape, making this inspiring track one you’ll want to listen to whenever and wherever you want to kindle the fire of the warrior within!

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Luck Rock – Between the Stars and the Sea (feat. RadRiveter) | Pop Ballad

Luck Rock’s “Between the Stars and the Sea” is musical storytelling straight from the heart.  Lyrical beauty paired with conversational-style vocals and pared-down instrumentation highlight the heart’s search for meaning, purpose, and guidance originating from someone or something beyond ourselves.  The stars hold forth the hope of eternity and guiding light from above, while the sea’s drifting depths and punishing waves call these into question.  Luck Rock’s almost journalistic-style lyrics help us realize that we’re not alone in our quest for meaning, purpose, and light from above and encourage us to keep looking up when feeling caught between the stars and the sea.

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Jyc Row – Tempora’s Requiem (feat. Decibelle) [Malachi Mott Remix] | Electro Pop

Malachi Mott has done a great job of revamping Jyc Row’s original version of Tempora’s Requiem, an epic orchestral track that captures the inner turmoil of Princess Tempora (from the fan comic “Timey-Wimey”) as she struggles to keep time and events under her control. Malachi refreshes the track, making it more upbeat and using impressive percussion and vocal chops to convey both the chaos of war and the hype of the dance floor. This new rendition deserves praise for retaining the epic intensity of Jyc Row’s track while enhancing the enjoyment factor by adding the energy of EDM.
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[P@D] AnNy Tr3e – Spread Your Wings | Progressive House

Hope and freedom, anyone?  This is the uplifting message of AnNy Tr3e’s new track, “Spread Your Wings.”  Inspired by the epic story of the hippogriffs’ imprisonment under the harsh reign of the Storm King, the music and lyrics of this piece convey the exhilarating moment when the Storm King’s rule is overthrown, and the hippogriffs leave their watery prison to spread their wings and fly free at last.  My imagination soared as I listened.  I could almost hear the hippogriffs exclaiming, “What’s that, you say? The king has fallen?  Hooray! We’re free at last!  In fear and solitude, we need no longer hide. Come now, let us rise up, spread our wings, and fly again!”

True to the story that inspired “Spread Your Wings,” AnNy Tr3e has done a masterful job of creating an instrumental that features both majestic and energetic sound design coupled with Agatan’s inspired lyrics and skilled vocal performance.  This makes for a truly awesome track.  Be sure to check out this, as well as a vast array of tracks from other talented artists from Ponies at Dawn’s newest compilation album, Aurora!

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[P@D] L-Train – Books And Branches | Electro Swing

L-Train has recently made quite a splash in our community with his recent forays into electro swing, with many fun and colorful releases in this modernization of the swing genre. His newest track, “Books and Branches” comes to us hot off the press, courtesy of the newest Ponies at Dawn compilation album, “Aurora.” Making creative use of Twilight’s vocals from her “Morning in Ponyville” song from the season 3 finale, “Books and Branches” gets us up and moving to an upbeat melody, catchy chorus, bouncy bassline, and epic drum and guitar solos punctuated by lively horns and woodwinds. All in all, I think it’s safe to say that L-Train, this electro swing king has done it again with “Books and Branches” – a vibrant track that’s sure to make you feel that “Everything is certainly fine!”

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Synthis – Floating | Future Pop / Chillout

Ever felt like you’re in a void – hovering uneasily in the clouds, separated from a world below that you can’t quite see or reach?  You’ve no idea where you’re going or, even worse, if you’re heading anywhere at all.  These emotions are familiar to me, and, apparently, I’m not the only one.  Sam Synthis, one of the most talented singer/songwriters in the fandom, has skillfully captured this caught-in-the-clouds feeling with his latest release, “Floating.”   Powerful lyrics highlight the reality we humans face as we all struggle to make sense of the world we live in and bring it under some semblance of our own control – a goal that inevitably eludes us and often leaves us feeling “empty and broken,” with “loose ends” scattered around the seams of our lives along with the realization that we’re all “floating towards forever.”  Such deep reflections might lend themselves to dark or heavy musical rendering, but Synthis’ smooth vocals combined with a chill melody and instrumentation carry hope and positivity, making the lyrical message reflective and relatable rather than dark and heavy.  I ended up feeling that although we sometimes find ourselves in a “Ground Hog Day” that never seems to end, though we sometimes feel empty and broken, we’re not alone in this.  There’s not something wrong with us.  It’s part of the human experience.  And maybe it causes us to stop looking so much at the clouds around us or the world below us for answers.  I, for one, have learned to look up.