4everfree brings a fandom classic back to the forefront in his new cover album, Copycat. Acoustic Brony & MandoPony’s “Loyalty” has left its mark on the community for years and has had no shortage of covers and remixes. What makes 4everfree’s take so special is how faithful it is to the original, paying its due homages with a very raw, rock style. However, he manages to give the record a whole new breath of life with his own styles and nuances. This is especially evident in the way 4everfree plays out the iconic midsection solo; it’s so familiar yet completely new.
In homage to the Season 9 opening, Jyc Row has created a thrilling cinematic & electronic hybrid piece about King Sombra. A choir section fades in to establish the expectation of a slow and droning cinematic piece, only for those expectations to be shattered in the coming movements. Low syncopated synths and pounding drums support the larger-than-life string sections. This masterful composition couldn’t be more fitting for the fallen King himself, with artwork by Margony.
In a heartfelt tribute to Derpy, The Wonderbolts spin a tale of the bubbly mare’s struggle and strife in What Went Wrong. What sets this Derpy song apart from many others is the abrasive reality portrayed through a bittersweet plea for understanding, characterized by the rugged instrumental and powerful vocals. One of the most curious defining traits of the song is the overall saturated and analog sounding mix that is present throughout, particularly during the loudest sections, evoking a sense of of looking into the past as well as considering the future of one of the fandom’s most beloved characters. This song is truly a monolith to the fandom, accompanied by art from ExclusionZone.
Zizkil is back with a very clean Rarity track, The Vogue. This one is chock full of bouncy house beats juxtaposed against raw hip hop rhythms, all while accompanied by brilliant Rarity vocal chops. Moods clash and are mixed throughout the track. At some points, it is colourful and glamorous before becoming submerged in bits of deep resonance; the dichotomy between these vibes establish movement and context to the song as a whole, creating a genuinely interesting listening experience. The song is accompanied with fitting artwork from ObscureDragone.
As mysterious as it is curiously gorgeous, Heart of Thicket is the conception of Chiptune Brony, the resident jack-of-all-trades composer who hails from Oregon. The composition brings the audience in with ethereal and uncertain soundscapes, later woven into a World soundtrack of sorts. It is very reminiscent of many film soundtracks from the 80’s and 90’s, creating a familiar yet peculiar and exotic set of tones and melodies.
Remember Falling brings us into the story of Hollow and her escape from confinement in this cinematic track. The vocals evoke a sense of urgency as acute and relentless synths stab and cascade on throughout the arrangements. Wings can be found in likeness to that of a modern cyberpunk soundtrack, establishing a grim and anticipated fate for the story of Hollow.
Loophoof‘s electro house tracks are quickly becoming staple songs in the fandom scene, and their remix of A Kirin Tale by Daniel Ingram is sure to live up to the hype. With full chords and expert use of the original vocals through means of vocal chops, the remix establishes a familiar upbeat vibe that we’ve all come to know Loophoof for. Between the energy of the drops comes a nice melodic section that brings the audience back to earth for just a moment before being sent back up again.
A timeless and punchy style of electro house is brought to us in the latest song, Lost Night, by GrazySmash. This club friendly track employs ear-perking scales and quite notable usage of syncopation in the arrangements. Befitting for Luna, Lost Night is bouncy yet dramatic, accompanied by an illustration by viwrastupr.
Home by Luna Jax evokes exactly what the title implies: a feeling of an earthy homeliness. Raw acoustic guitars and drums set the tone for the composition as Luna Jax’s vocal work brings the arrangements together harmoniously. The song can be found on the Ponies at Dawn album, Enigma.
Frozen Night is acclaimed for their highly articulate and expressive orchestral compositions, and Fire and Frost is no different. The audience is instilled with a sense of duality and drama as cascading string sections and french horns accompany the listener to a powerful mid-section. Brilliance is found in no shortage with this piece. A story is yet to come.