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[P@D] Wandering Artist – You have friends in Maretime Bay | Soundtrack

Wandering Artist constructed this song with the intention of mimicking the G5 movie’s structure with a predominantly light and carefree feeling, and they were unquestionably successful! The track opens with a fantastic, jazzy arrangement with a classic feel that is supported by the rest of the orchestral instrumentation. The interplay of the instruments that comprise the melody is delightful, and the addition of accordion was a great choice (there’s just something about accordion that contributes an intimate and grounded feeling to an arrangement). The brass, woodwinds, and keys dance with the plucked strings, and then the instruments take their turns at the fore, at times and swell together in glorious unison. The sombre piano interlude in the middle fits the song perfectly, and the ebbs and flows of the progression are lively and engaging as it morphs through multiple styles, even taking on an electric guitar lead towards the end. The song has an amazing balance of powerful and delicate moments throughout, and it’s no wonder that it earned a spot on the “P@D: Aurora” album!

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TCB – Congrats, You Were Too Late: A 10 Year Retrospective | Album | Electronic

Okay. I probably don’t need to introduce you to TCB (If you’d like a proper introduction, may I recommend this beautiful compilation album?). All you really need to know is that this artist is one of the foremost practitioners of sound design in the fandom, that no one gets more out of a vocal chop than they do, and that emotional and psychological subject matter is their forte. Now they have given us a whole album of finely calibrated tracks, the product of 10 years of pushing boundaries and redefining sonic excellence. Your musical mind is in the hands of a master, so find a quiet place, break out the good headphones, sit down, strap in, and do your best to absorb everything that is about to come your way. It’s going to be a heck of a ride.

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brambleshadow4 – In Harmony (feat. SpinScissor) | Indie Pop

brambleshadow4 and SpinScissor have teamed up to create this super sweet tune that bridges the gap between G4 and G5! Argyle (SpinScissor) shares Equestrian lore and lessons in friendship with Sunny, and it’s nice to have this moment where the importance of the G4 heroes is passed along. The story is musically driven by light arrangements that echo the love between the characters and the love that is present in the stories they share. The strings at the opening help set the emotional hook, and then the string melody, and light percussion pull your heart into the song. When the arrangement fills out with punchy bass and synth keys it has a “small band at a summer festival” vibe. The vocals match perfectly to the arrangement, delivered with a tender confidence throughout, and the little harmony at the end of the song is a nice touch. This song is a big ol’ hug for your ears and your heart, and I hope that you enjoy this sweet story as much as I did!

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Vanessa Hudgens – Gonna Be My Day (Enermatrix Remix) | Hooves Up

Enermatrix has taken a whack at this highlight track from the G5 movie, and the result is awesome! The opening synth keys, pulsing beat, and nicely balanced kicks get the party started off right, and then things really take off as the additional synth track joins in and adds a high energy depth heading into the drop. Also, the percussion distorts, pitches up, and then pitches down going into the drop with this cool effect that sounds a bit like an electronic device running out of battery. Never fear, though, because the drop is surging with positive energy, and that energy level stays pumped up through the next verse. When it drops off, it gets some support from some fun chops and effects, and then really builds during the bridge, continuing a really unique progression through the song. The decision to replace the really high vocal run at the end of the bridge with a drop keeps the song delivery even and consistent without sacrificing the energy that’s been built up. It’s a wonderful and original remix effort, and I hope you’ll join me in dancing (flailing) along!

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Thrasher – false_code | Album | Metal / Electronic

You can always count on Thrasher to deliver intense excellence, and here they have created an entire album’s worth of awesome, hard-charging music based around a fantastic concept! A hacker is trying to save society from the malicious clutches of the “desync reality”, a virtual world that promises salvation but instead exploits its inhabitants. The album follows the unnamed protagonist’s progress by delivering song after song of inventive and merciless metal encapsulated in finely crafted tracks that meld fierce guitars and traditional metal arrangements with electronic components through dynamic progressions. It fits the theme perfectly, and I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did. I’ll give a rundown of the songs next, so please join me below the break if you care to. Either way, go grab this album and get rocking!

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Maddie Tourmaline – Princess Tiffany | Progressive Rock 

This is an awesome concept realized with breathtaking execution! Noble disagreement simmers amongst a group of Pony princesses on a boring, beautiful summer day in Paradise. The shared designs of the budding royals are related over a dreamy soundscape of gentle acoustic instrumentation which is paced by calibrated percussion, accented by light ambience, and crowned by silky sweet vocals. The instrumentation choices are ridiculously fantastic throughout the song, and the little nudges and rumbles of bass throughout hint at lurking danger. The progression percolates impressively to life, especially at the antagonist’s entrance. The arrangement darkens, and synth melodies swirl and soar before the bass-heavy downfall of the kingdom. I hope that you enjoy this journey as much as I did–I would love a whole album of this fantastic musical storytelling!
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Deavas – Flutterborn (Covering Twitch) | Progressive Metal

Deavas reworks an EDM classic into a progressive rock tune and replaces the smooth, laid back delivery of the original, creating an intensity that matches the awesome background art! The guitars are fantastic throughout as Deavas shows off their chops and rock production skills, and the Skyrim-influenced viking vibe is awesome. It’s great hearing Fluttershy’s vocals floating above the fray of the churning guitars and rock percussion. This track is so packed with rock goodness and hoof pumping attitude that by the end you’ll be convinced that the seemingly demure pegasus is actually moonlighting as a rock goddess! (She totally is.)

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BGM – Aeronautical (feat. RAInbow Dash) | Drum & Bass

This is a really wonderful tribute to Rainbow Dash! The gentle, ambient opening strings set the scene beautifully before we soar into the blue sky on an awesome percussive melody and fast-paced D&B percussion. Then the bassline kicks in along with electric guitar to get the pulse pounding before the vocals join the arrangement. The TalkNET vocals are awesome–it’s pretty magical hearing Rainbow Dash relate her own experience of soaring through the clouds, and the multiple vocal tracks and care put into their incorporation really makes it feel like she contributed to the production herself. As the blue pegasus challenges the listener to keep up, the production maintains a breezy but pulsing delivery perfect for slicing rainbows through the Equestrian air. Enjoy your flight!

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WoodenToaster – Rainbow Factory (Pagan Pegasus Remix) | Dubstep

Pagan Pegasus, a relative newcomer to the music fandom, takes on a classic with this fantastic remix! The music box opening paired with background strings is a delightful choice for the subject matter, and the treatment of the vocals blends them perfectly into the dubstep arrangement. The bass is a real standout here, and the rhythmic thumps (especially in the verses) both give the impression of the rainbow factory’s machinery hard at work and acknowledge the grim reality of that machinery’s purpose. By the time the music drifts to a close you may just be glad that you weren’t born with wings.

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Nyancat380 – Sixty Twenty Twelve (feat. SpinScissor) | Latin / Electronic

Nyancat380 continues building their “Methodic Ways to Break a Mind” album with this fantastic track! The song has an AMAZING groove thanks to its fusion of Latin instrumentation and EDM elements. It kicks off with the sounds of a crowded club before launching into a brisk beat and horns melody. Then it jumps into the main bass groove and the vocals (heck yeah for the awesome lyric video!), and all the accompanying percussion and effects build the arrangement beautifully. The call and response between the vocals and horns heading into the chorus really reinforces the awesome club vibe. Then a breakdown after the second verse pares the arrangement down to a bit of melody and spare percussion which sets up the eventual resumption of the vocals and horns beautifully. The “Cool AF Spin Scissor Solo!” (love the description) adds another dynamic element to the track, and Spin Scissor’s guitar supports the track to the end. The song is ridiculously groovy, dynamic, and polished, and I can’t wait for the rest of the album and pieces of the story! Bonus: there’s also an acapella version of the track if you want to get your remix on!