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Jeff Burgess – Before These Mighty Skies | Alternative Cover Album

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.

A Train Between Canterlot and the Great Divide features a gorgeous acoustic guitar quickly picking single notes of chords and driving the song forward. Jeff sings of a pony who – like the guitar – aims to move forward, leaving the past behind and hopping off a train to something new.

A Wide Eyed Cabin in the Woods has a very old-timey, homely vibe through a strumming banjo and layered, group vocal deliverance – all performed by Burgess. It is eerie and comforting in a way only Jeff could make so satisfying.

A gorgeous blend of genres, styles, originality and cover tribute, “Before These Mighty Skies” is a brilliant revival of what once was, in a way that now is.

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[BP] Mullet Music Productions – The Magic of the Everfree | Pop Rock

Individually each song embraces a pleasant energy or a glamorous sound element to resonate with. Mullet Music Productions has brought us here a story of a companionless pony in the Everfree Forest, sitting alone until life magically bonds him with a good-natured new friend who graces his life with her warmth welcoming friendship to later on chant in duet a radiant hook to make a trio singing with you the listener. Spoiler alert! this song may make you air guitar and pour out a slight tear of joy. Catch this song featured on the album Everfree Park: After Hours from the label Balloon Party.

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P1K – Melody on my Heartstrings (10th Anniversary) | Pop Punk

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.

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[P@D] Metajoker – Write Me Your Heart (feat. 4everfreebrony) | Alt Rock

The duo of Metajoker and 4everfreebrony come together with a message from Princess Cadance. Yes, you heard right, a Cadance track on P@D: Zenith. Metajoker takes the role of what Cadance sees in love today and preaches for looking for real love. The line “love is never perfect, nothing good is ever perfect” sounds like something princess of love would say. The vocals are beautiful, thoughtful, and meaningful to what Cadance wants ponies to find. 4everfreebrony provides his insanely good guitar work to this track to fuel the message behind it. As always, this Qilin asks you to judge for yourself. More good Cadance tracks, please!

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TheHeatRush – Great To Be Different Ft. Synthfox (Covering Forest Rain) | Alt Rock

A true fandom classic! This cover comes complete with an original instrumental composed specifically for the track. From the moment the more prominent horn section first hits your ears, you know you’re in for Something Special (see what I did there?). TheHeatRush‘s vocals are clean, strong, and easy to listen to, while Derpy’s goosebumps-inducing vocals (supplied by Synthfox) are enough to make your heart melt. This remake stays faithful to Forest Rain’s original song (a must-listen, especially if you’ve never heard it before) while adding an original flair, reminding you that you’re listening to a unique arrangement. The harmony at the end of the track is beautiful, the perfect end to an already amazing composition.

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[P@D] Agatan, BlueBrony, & Drummershy – Fly Away | Alternative Rock

For this newest Ponies at Dawn album “Zenith” BlueBrony, Agatan (Now Aggie Music) and Drummershy got together to put out this amazing track about, well, flying away! The amazing vocals courtesy of Agatan, together with the instrumental masterpiece by BlueBrony and Drummershy’s catchy drums, this track is a must listen of the album!

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RE:MAKE – ELEMENTS | Rock

Many years ago, long before the herald existed, two guys called Edd and Jimmy formed a band called AcousticBrony. They created a series of themes for the Mane 6 which gained legendary status among the fandom, but it was incomplete; only 4 of the 6 themes were released! As time went by and AcousticBrony became RE:MAKE, it appeared the full set would never be complete…until now.

It’s incredibly refreshing, not just to hear the final 2 songs in the Elements series, but the whole set re-worked and re-recorded, with new life brought to all the existing tracks. The entire album was produced by PrinceWhateverer, so Generosity, Laughter, Kindness and particularly Loyalty (which is now over 10 years old!) now sound better than ever!

As for the two brand new songs, the fit perfectly alongside the original four and it’s clear that RE:MAKE’s songwriting has only improved over the years. Honesty sets a record for the fastest song on the album (sorry Dash) and, of course, has some fantastic banjo courtesty of DivinumX. And much like the album’s namesake, Magic unites the others, making callbacks to the motifs of all six song in the series.

ELEMENTS is available to purchase on Bandcamp or stream on various services.

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Nyancat380 – The Brightness | Prog / Electronic Rock

From “Methodic Ways To Break A Mind” this song ironically feels quite dark and tense. “The Brightness” is a riddle of sorts themed around Rainbow Dash, with hints sprinkled throughout for the album’s theme, plus there is an outstanding lyric video accompanying it! The tension and mystery is laid out with fast paced guitar riffs and hauntingly beautiful vocaloid lines. Cold, methodical, and chant-like, everything about this track grabs your attention and doesn’t let go! The chorus is heavily addicting and I guarantee your thoughts will be provoked by the poem that Nyancat380 has laid out.

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Francis Vace – Earth Pony Balloon Escape Pack Ride (feat. Scoonie) | Alternative Rock

Initially released on Ponies At Dawn’s Aurora album as a solo venture, Francis has since updated it for his upcoming album release with the inclusion of Scoonie on some of the vocals as well. There’s plenty of the wonderful sounds you’d expect from Francis, with a bit more of an alt. rock vibe to it, as a tale is told of the earth pony who ended up drifting amongst the clouds during the recent G5 movie.

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BGM – Maremas! | Rock

Mares!
Everypony who loves mares like I and BGM do, check this song out!! Such a wonderful fan song and gift for Hearth’s Warming! The ponies are singing to us! Rocking guitars along the voices of our beloved ponies, make us happy!! Let’s spend the holiday the brony way once again my brethren!
Check my wall of text comment on the video for more details about how much I love this song if you want!