As the first piece of a big project, relatively new producer Etherium Apex brings us this intense original composition. Telling the story of a villain from the far reaches of space and Celestia’s struggle to defeat it, Apex does a great job building tension through the music. The war drums make the track feel big, the brass and chorale effects are cosmically grandiose, and the strings accentuate the adversity of the story.
Ertrii’s creativity is really on display with this new remix of an old collaboration between three well-established producers. This re-imagination of Cold stands out from the original given the big room feel of Ertrii’s progressive trance style and the modulation on FritzyBeat’s vocals, which sound like an entirely different professional singer. Simple and beautiful, be sure to check out this inventive take on an established hit!
As the Croatian title (Quiet, Peaceful Day) implies this new, instrumental track is chilled out. Utilizing minimalist instrumentation, Dominique achieves a calming movement through electric drums and pads. By expertly panning the pads back and forth across the stereo sound spacing, it feels like the song is literally moving and to a calming rhythm that makes it very easy to unwind. Unique and innovative, Nicolas continues to create music that defies language barriers.
SDreamExplorerS has gone back to his earliest roots to completely remake the track that influenced the route he has taken as a musician. Lost Dimension I is a thrilling instrumental filled with tight guitar work and a fantastic bass throughout. The phrasing of the song switches between gritty dueling guitars and more mellow, groovy sections – though the track never loses it’s energy or bounce. The electric guitar work is phenomenal, but then again, when SDreamExplorerS is at the help, what else did you expect!
Another great contribution to the most recent Ponies at Dawn compilation album, RKDM brings us this unique, bumpin’ track. The song begins with a great chiptune intro that builds into a mighty glitch hop piece. Perspective is a testament to how well chops can be used! The Fluttershy snippets sing along with the track and add an incredible melody as an additional layer to the song. RKDM changes up the different phrases and sprinkles the chiptune back in halfway through to keep the track fun and interesting. Make sure to check out this great standalone addition to a fantastic album.
Equestria Electric Symphony Orchestra always keeps it interesting and catchy! This moving, late 60s style track has a lot of great elements to it including a jazzy bass, fun pop beat, and some rock thrown in to boot! EESO sings about the trials and self-doubt that come with the struggle to get a cutie mark before ultimately realizing that his special talent is love. The lyrics are very clever and the track as a whole is dangerously addicting. Love’s My Cutie Mark is an incredibly creative track that will get you dancing and singing along in no time!
Warning: explicit lyrics and drug references
Brony hip-hop is really taking off again and this crew is a big part of the movement. MC-Arch and N. Hollow rap about the pride they have in what they are doing with the Straight From The Heart movement and the importance of sticking with what is important to you in life. Brohoof Studios provides the hard, acid-trap backing track setting the stage for the intense, hallucination-based Bad Trip which Arch and Hollow use as the theme for the track. Unique and exciting, this track is a great blend of talented artists and styles so be sure to check out Bad Trip!
Osoch has been on a roll so far this year, churning out hit after hit! Act of Fate is a great example of his more signature, metal style. The track is based on a fanfic called “Background Pony”, and features the theme of abandonment. Osoch expertly displays a wide range of emotion by starting the song with a beautiful, acoustic intro with pretty reverb and delays, before jumping into the heavy metal style with strong drum beats. The contrast in energy characterizes the protagonist’s range of emotions varying from sad and alone to angry, in a back and forth similar to dealing with real trauma. The vocals are gorgeous and Sable Symphony is on display with his intense screaming later in the track.
Sweet Celestia! Check out this amazing lineup of musicians collaborating to cover a fandom classic in Prince Whateverer’s Between Fairytales and Happy Endings! This soft, yet very emotional track describes the hardships that Derpy has to deal with in being different from the others. Scruff’s vocals do well to express the frustration she experiences with the way others treat her. SlightlyAmiss plays a serene acoustic guitar throughout the track. Blackened shreds a couple of technically brilliant guitar solos and with Sable Symphony, Brownie, and Osoch combined bring together a fantastic tribute. With such a legendary lineup of brony guitarists, it is no wonder that the guitar work on this track is so well-done!
Here is an interesting, gothic-style orchestral piece! Mane In Green goes all out on the haunted, spooky feel in this fun, upbeat tribute to Fluttergoth from the recent “Fake It Til You Make It” episode. Fluttergoth Takes Manhattan utilizes the pipe organ, violins, and choir “aahs” very well to establish the dark tone of the song, while incorporating a bouncy harpsichord and unique percussion instruments to keep the overall track energetic. Add in some epic bells and Mane In Green’s extraordinary talent for composition and mixing and you’ve got a very unique and creative song!