As you might expect from the title, this is a melancholic orchestral piece that starts with a sad piano motif, accompanied by some lovely atmospheric string pads. The progression remains consistent, and slowly builds in tension, yet the transitions remain subtle, like a train of thought. Inspired by AshleyH’s “Remembrance” series, its a mournful piece for Princess Cadance having lost a loved one.
Written as a lullaby from Celestia to Luna, we have an appropriately soothing, and loving piano improv from Ataraxia. We don’t get enough of these in the fandom, and Ataraxia is no stranger to them! The video description does a great job of setting the scene, give it a listen!
Nevermourn is a pretty new musician, with this being only the second release on their channel, and it’s always cool to see new people coming through the ranks! The mixing here is pretty clean, as some lovely steady and smooth percussion and quiet rolling bass set the scene behind some cute plucks and lovely pads. There are also some very nice reverse fills which I’m always a fan of. Give it a listen if you want some smooth drum & bass vibes in your system!
You’ll Play Your Part is one of my favourite songs from the show, and Elias Frost has done it up in a pretty awesome way! With Swedish vocals, and a terrific build throughout the piece, this is certainly an awesome rendition. Starting out pretty soft and folk-sounding, it steadily gets more metal through the piece, as Elias’ voice helps to build the tension too. The breakdown at 2:35 when it all comes together is especially gratifying.
Heartfelt remixes and tributes definitely galore in the pony music community recently!! Brace yourself for the emotion everypony, as ApostropheShy presents us a remix of their favorite show song, the already very emotional Hearts as Strong as Horses. This remix certainly brings even more feels as the CMC vocals get sublimated in masterful vocal chops along a very MLP-ish instrumental, that I could easily label “Pony Dubstep”. It has a certain sweet and cuddly vibe to it, full of love and triggering powerful emotion so easily, and definitely in line with ApostropheShy’s musical style that ravished us with all their works. A remix that is shining bright from the power of Passion and Friendship!
That recently released gorgeous artwork from INowISeeI has got to be a very fitting cover art for such a wonderful musical experience. Reflecting the inner depth of Trixie’s journey into the land, as well as perhaps a spiritual journey, the track dives deep into a relaxed state of much contemplative power, as we take in the many wonders around us and partake in blissful sound, breathing life and channeling emotion…
It’s always so very welcome to get a remix that is very meaningful to the remixer for personal reasons, it’s like an additional layer of emotion and appreciation can be felt through that awareness! That, added to Einarx’s masterful take on the classic from Glaze (aka Wooden Toaster) in such a beloved unique Dubstep style, truly makes this piece stand out from the other remixes.
Another YouTube release from Amity, let’s welcome EM120X and SDreamExplorerS’ track that certainly stands as a masterpiece of fusion of genres and originality. With such an epic and intriguing title, it blends Electronic and Rock talents from both musicians to create a stunning progressive experience of sounds and melodies that feels like an epic tale, or a spiritual journey. May you be discovering or re-discovering this track, I hope it could have any sort of positive powerful effect to you. It sure has the potential, and it is fan works like these that I live for.
It’s always so amazing to see pony musicians trying to do more with their songs than just “making music”, and I gotta love to see NeverLastStanding’s descriptions full of genuine feelings, motivational messages, or poesy, depending on how you wish to see it. The power of being able to Relate to somepony is definitely great and I know it very well, since I always like to meet people who I can relate to, and also always wish to meet someone who could relate to me. It’s definitely a deep theme, and perhaps some motivation can be obtained from NeverLastStanding’s words or the experience of this song. If so, be sure to let him know, as I’m sure that will make him very happy! After all, I can Relate to wanting to help people… And I can’t believe all of this review has only been about the meaning behind the song so far. This is powerful stuff! You know that a song is extra special when you can write about its meaning just as much as about it musically. I’ll just add that the Chillout/Orchestral take is definitely a huge success, with such a wonderful and soothing mood to be felt throughout the track, and the Flutterchops are the element that makes it extra emotional and relatable for so many of us.