If you want to create epic songs about pivotal themes in MLP, where do you start? On this rockin’ track, Lord Sunfyre takes us back to the first episode of G4 and explores Celestia’s psyche on the 1000 year anniversary of Luna’s banishment to the moon. How does Celestia feel about her time serving as Equestria’s sole ruler? Why weren’t we treated to an epic Celestia vs Nightmare Moon showdown? The artist offers an answer through some great lyrics and guitar work. Accompanied by a nice lyric video to help transport the listener to that moment, it’s a great first offering from a new horse rocker!
@ppleBukker returns to fandom music after a hiatus to lend their blend of skilful vocal chopping and smooth production to a subject that has profoundly affected many of us since the beginning of the pandemic. While everyone has done their best to stay connected through technology, the reality is that the lack of more immediate contact with close friends has been difficult to cope with. @ppleBukker addresses that beautifully here, creating an introspective piece that is a fitting tribute to those missing connections. It’s one of those great songs that finds that sweet combination of being both chill and dynamic, and it makes for a very rewarding and cathartic listening expertise. If you enjoy this song, please also check out the rest of their YouTube channel, which is full of horse music goodness!
The lineup of musicians assembled for this collaboration seems like the answer to a challenge: Assemble a group of current fandom musicians that are not only talented and accomplished artists but also great ambassadors for the fandom and values to which the community aspires. Okay, now have that lineup write a fantastic song about how even small acts of kindness and friendship can have a huge impact on someone’s life. If there is an “Elements of Harmony Award”, then give it to this group, because that challenge has been thoroughly met! One of my favorite things about the fandom is how well musicians collaborate together and how collaborations are often so successful at melding the talents of their contributors, and this song is a prime example of that! First, the ultra smooth, vibrant, uplifting backbone of the song, the music that Tw3lv3 has created, lends itself so well to each successive contribution. Then come Koa’s fantastic vocals, which echo the wonderful song “One Small Thing” from “MLP: The Movie” and its amazing duet between Pinkie Pie and Princess Skystar. This message is one that especially resonates with Tw3lv3 and has so many echoes with her own journey as a musician in the fandom. These lyrics and her story is an amazing testament to the power of inclusion, of helping each other and finding ways to grow individually and collectively. MC-Arch then contributes his own amazing vocals, and it seems appropriate to have this message of perseverance come from someone who is continually advocating for more positive interactions within the community. Last (but in no way least) Drummershy lends his considerable percussive proficiency to the mix, creating an excellent passage of drumming that, as with the vocals in the song, stands out on its own before being swirled into the blissful mix. As the song sounds its final triumphant beats and the final notes soar and softly dissipate, it certainly feels as though a journey has begun, forged from struggle, fired by friendship, and triumphantly climbing onward.
MLP fandom music veteran Songbird Choir returns with a joyous, world music-flavored trip to sand, sun, and relaxation! Originally submitted in response to the DustCar race prompt “Pony Life”, this expanded version takes elements from Pony Life’s theme song and morphs them into a tropical getaway. The percussive melody incorporates some great flute and guitar to round out the sound. It’s a fantastic tune, and it’s wonderful that Songbird Choir was able to harness the quick, bouncy energy of a brief piece of music and grow it into this gem.
RottenTotten generates some really great emotion and atmosphere with this synth-driven piece! Produced as the first song from a project that was lost for a time, there is a strong, epic narrative thread throughout. It’s easy to picture this song backing a protracted adventure and struggle. Along with “Song of the Sea” and “Goldenblood“, this song represents some really great development in RottenTotten’s music! It’s great that this music was not lost and that the project is underway. It will be fantastic to follow this album as it is released and see the full story as it unfolds!
Proto_ssin and Tw3Lv3 combine forces to create an outstanding song highlighting an emotionally charged and pivotal moment from MLP: The Movie. The instrumental elements create a somber, echoey ambience that sets an amazing thematic tone for the track, preparing the listener to consider a particularly difficult memory. The use of vocals from both “Catchy Song” (from the episode “The Perfect Pear”) and “One Small Thing” (from the movie) may seem surprising choices considering their upbeat nature, but in this context they help to create a dichotomy between Twilight’s typically amazing friendship with the rest of the Mane 6 and the betrayal that they feel when she goes behind their back to try and steal Queen Novo’s pearl. The video makes use of some great art and clips from the movie, and they pair beautifully with the song to heighten its impact. This VIP version adds even more into the first half of the song (including additional samples from the episode “The Perfect Pear”) which sets up the impactful moments of the second half even more. A great effort from two artists whose styles definitely compliment each other well!
Another fantastic track from Toby Macarony’s wonderfully inventive Shenanigans Two album, “Cloudsdale Sunset” began life as a chiptune/electronic track and morphed into a funky electronic jam that somehow blends guitar, saxophone, vocal chops, vocoder voices, and “epic choirs”! The electronic elements keep the song bouncing and buzzing along, but the other components masterfully support them, especially the saxophone, either layered in with the main melody or having strong moments of their own. The adroit composition billows into glorious walls of noise that send the listener careening through the clouds and rainbow waterfalls. TM’s distinctive vocal elements skip along with the blissful music, and they even cleverly repurpose Fluttershy’s “So Many Wonders“, formerly an profession of love for life on the ground, for the chorus! After listening, you just may want to start looking for a room in the Cloudominium!
“Last Tempest” has received some excellent remixes (check out the original version description for links to them), and Whirly Tail’s addition to the roster is no exception! If Tempest had played this when she invaded, she might have started a party instead of a panic! Whirly Tail does what he does best and injects frenetic energy into the song via soaring synths and outstanding vocal chops. The overall result of this excellent hardcore treatment is a brighter, faster delivery that maintains the imposing tone of the original while making excellent use of Vylet’s vocals, skillfully complimenting them and re-purposing them throughout. This is audio caffeine at it’s finest!
Longtime fandom music fans likely need no introduction to the original “Flutterwonder” by PinkiePieSwear. There have been many remixes and covers of this fantastic track, and NyxTheShield made an acoustic cover of it themself years ago (with the help of some great vocals by Shiny Song), adding some simple but lovely lyrics in place of the masterful vocal splicing of the original. Definitely check out the previous versions if you haven’t before!
This new version is absolutely beautiful. It benefits from NyxTheShield’s improved production skills, and the acoustic music format is even more immersive than before. The song even features some great recorder (yes, recorder) work! The secret sauce here is that Vannamelon‘s voice suits Fluttershy’s character really well, and, paired with the accompanying art and animation, it transports the viewer to the time of young Fluttershy discovering the wonders of life on the ground. The overall effect is mesmerizing and uplifting. Please give it a listen!
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