Toby Macarony makes incredible and unique music that only Toby Macarony can make! For years now, they have been pushing the boundaries of conventional dance music and thrilling those paying attention with a hybrid electro swing/horror style while occasionally dabbing into other genres as well.
Shenanigans puts the full array of talent front and center with a variety of amazing tracks! The vocal chop work is out of this world, with the timing, tuning, and modulation.
The first track The Starlight Glimmer Express has a powerful and very jazzy feel. The beat bounces to a train-like cadence and sets the stage for a crazy album.
Songs like Sunset at the Farm, and AJ’s Muscles utilize some country instrumentation and get a very homely, Applejack feel with the twang from a banjo among other stylized instrumentation.
One of the biggest standout tracks on this album is Forever which is a sound bath of incredible vocal chops, expertly panned. It uses only a little bit on piano, focusing almost entirely on the layering of familiar tidbits from several show songs. The track amazes from very early on and only gets better and better throughout the 6 minute run-time! You do not want to miss out hearing this song and it follows that you should do yourself the favor of listening to the full album. There is absolutely no musician in this fandom (or probably outside of it either!) who does what Toby Macarony accomplishes!
Brilliant Venture is great at turning several vocal chops into a mesmerizing, quick melody! His distinctive style and bright, organized compositions are both exciting to hear and ooze that beloved pony-vibe that comes with recognizing the many sound bites from the show. The intricate and ever-evolving beat of Outstanding Power Play Ms. Hoof! keeps you on your toes, a staple of Venture music!
EESO has a very distinctive style and it is always a joy to hear a new track from them because you can be assured that it will be wholesome and genuinely heartfelt. Life of a Brony has a soft, showtunes-y feel like a love song from a Disney movie or a warm, season-ending track from MLP. The piano composition is on point with beautiful accompaniment from violins and just the right amount of energy from the percussion to make this song both soothing and easy to rock back and forth to.
Rod Steven is an underrated gem in this fandom. While most people only know 1 name for eurobeat bangers, Rod has been cranking out fantastic show remixes for quite some time! This Equestria Girls remix injects a lot of energy and traditional genre synths into the original track, fusing with the movie vocals to an excellent result. If you aren’t subscribed to Rod yet, then you’re doing yourself a disservice!
Tw3Lv3 has really been bringing the pony tunes lately, and up today is this Fluttershy-inspired lo-fi collab with Retronax. Very mellow and easy to vibe with, Am I Interrupting is a feature on the new Equinity compilation album available for pre-order. The tag team put in some choice Fluttershy chops to add a satisfying, homely feel to a great chill song.
Koa has really made her presence felt this year with a couple powerful live performances in addition to hit tracks like this new release from Ponies at Dawn: Eternal. To The Nines captures everything about Rarity’s work perfectly with the well-polished, flashy pop composition mixed fabulously with a moving bass to an excellent, upbeat tempo. The incredible synth work brightens up the song exactly how Rarity makes her dresses stand out. The vocals are elegant and dangerously catchy – but you’ll want to be singing along to this song all day anyway!
The king of pony ska punk is back at it with this standout track from the newest Ponies at Dawn: Eternal compilation album. My Rainbow Horse And Me is a comedic narrative about Rainbow Dash appearing out of the tv and living as a lazy roommate. The song is super catchy, boasting expertly crafted horns, top-notch guitar work, and a silly, romantic theme that only Francis could craft!
Ponyville Ciderfest, the MLP:FiM convention coming up this week in Milwaukee, Wisconsin has just released a new compilation album featuring many of the musicians that will perform at the big concert! This year, the convention is holiday-themed and several of the songs on this album are new or remastered holiday tracks! The range of music is extremely diverse and flows very nicely from start to finish. Here are just a few of the many highlights on the album.
The first track is an unreleased song from Vocal Score and really sets the stage for the whole CD. Extremely festive and flowing beautifully into The Heart Carol from the original Hearth’s Warming Episode.
Prince Whateverer makes a few appearances on the Holiday Album, most notably with his new metal cover of the classic, Nightmare Night. John Kenza and loophoof, who will be performing a back-2-back together, feature remixes of each other’s songs. Galen of the Wonderbolts band and Brilliant Venture release brand new holiday hits. MC Arch also has a brand new and powerful track entitled Oathkeeper.
Other well-recognized names include 4everfreebrony, Black Gryph0n and Baasik, JoinedTheHerd with CadetRedShirt, Seventh Element, Nevermourn & TCB, MelodyBrony, Francis Vace, and more!
All proceeds go to Generations Against Bullying – the Ciderfest charity which aims to reduce childhood bullying through research and education, so be sure to help out if you can!
The Wasteland Wailers never fail to deliver and Friendship from Fire is another instant classic! The track utilizes gorgeous orchestral composition and instrumentation with Brittany Church’s heart-melting voice. The string section sets a somber tone, the drums add an epic, controlled, energy, and the vocals are crystal clear. While the story of the song is mostly of loss, the punchline leads to a very determined, and optimistic tone – capitalized by the incredible bridge and outro at the end.
Another piece of her Battle of the Bands concept, Dizzy Inmotion brings us this clever take off of Under Our Spell from Rainbow Rocks. Spellshatter is a self-hyping track with quick punches and great flow, talking up the dazzling personalities. The synth chords and word play pay great homage to the Equestria Girls hit while bringing a lot of creativity and Diz’s own personality to the forefront.