It’s always a delight when a new musician shows up in the fandom demonstrating a lot of talent and potential! Working off limited production resources, 17 year-old Blurain comes out swinging with this inspired alternative rock debut pony album. Here are just a couple of the highlights from this 11-track premier!
Oh Equestria: The first full song off the album, Blurain makes a great, charismatic choice to lean into his inexperience by starting the track with feedback from plugging in a guitar and a metronome playing before ever strumming the first notes. Once the intro is over, it is clear that he knows what he’s doing as he professes his love for the technicolor world we all came to love. The chorus hits with a catchy hook singing the name of the song as full harmonies fill out the soundscape. Driving guitars, bass, and drums keep things energetic and fun.
A Princess You’ll Never Be: Blurain goes all-out with a blend of screams and full, harmonized vocals; switching between the two as if to both narrate and illustrate the plight of Chrysalis in this epic track. The guitars have sections of heavy breakdowns, further emphasizing the anguish. As the final song on the album, Blurain gives a stunning performance and really leaves you wanting more.
If you aren’t watching newcomer Blurain yet, get them on your radar! Tackling the very tough issue of separated parents beginning to date new partners, Blurain brings us this empathetic rock track dedicated to an underappreciated one-off character, the titular Wind Sprint. Singing from the heart and personal experience, the newcomer blends the best parts of pop-punk and grunge into an awesome, edgy, and optimistic tribute to the purple filly.
Thrack has emerged this year not only as a solid drummer, but also a funny and talented songwriter! This folksy, acoustic ballad is equal parts humorous as it is catchy as Thrack sings of the paradoxes of trying to be a pirate while dealing with the limitations of earth ponies. The syncopation is snappy and guarantees you’ll be singing along long after the song has ended!
Insanely talented drummer and new orchestral composer Whirlwind hits us with the second single from his upcoming orchestral album! Dedicated to his favorite pony Applejack, “Bright Green Eyes” is very easy listening with melodies carried by just a few instruments – mainly a piano and violins. The pacing is good with movement between the simple, light piano to added strings and wider chords. The variation and musical builds are exceptional, as is the well-rounded mix full of bright sound and calming vibes.
If you have been paying attention these past few months, then you know that it has been a great summer (or winter if you are in the southern hemisphere) for BlueBrony music! Following the incredible soundtrack for Minty Root’s Missing Out film, BlueBrony unveiled this great compilation of remastered old songs and new originals! Playful, adventurous, and often times deeply emotional, there is a lot of great variation to look forward to!
Once upon a time in the magical time of 2013, Le Soldat Pony released “Before These Mighty Skies” as an innovative, indie/alternative sound that was quite new and distinctive to the fandom. Le Soldat may not be a common name nowadays, but another longtime fandom musician certainly hasn’t forgotten. Jeff Burgess revived the ideas of the songs from the original album and transformed them into his own form of covers, even continuing to add bonus alternatives to the bandcamp album following the initial release!
Burgess’ sound mixes elements of indie, alternative, ambient, progressive, and folk to capture a full, distinctive sound that manages to come across as both somber and nostalgic – almost as if the songs themselves are thinking of Le Soldat and wondering where they are now.
Content warning: This album features adult language and other explicit content.
Hyperpop has been on the rise in the fandom for the past few years, and now Koa contributes a full album worth of crazy, silly, super-boppin’ hits! Every track on Rainbow Disaster Pop is conceptualized through a different episode from Dawn Somewhere’s series Rainbow Dash Presents, a comical video set which retold notable MLP fanfiction through parody. The entire album exudes punk energy with lots of fun vocal effects, subtle audio nods to Dawn Somewhere, chaotic randomness, hilarity, and so much more!
How great is it to see a 10 year anniversary remastered track for a fandom classic? If P1K’s surprise update of Melody on my Heartstrings is any indication, then it’s the best! Working around the iconic starting bassline, P1K uses full, distorted guitars and brilliant vocal harmonies to declare his love for the pony who plays the music in his heart.