Francis Vace – The Old Mare And The Sea | Album | Rock


Shortly before we started the Horse Music Herald, Francis Vace released his first full album (of his current discography that hopefully won’t be deleted from Bandcamp any time soon) – Lost In A Pastel Hue. Now (okay, a couple of months ago) the time has come for a second full-length release. In a similar vein, The Old Mare And The Sea contains a variety of styles, draws from a few different influences, and contains solo work, collabs, and covers. We start off with upbeat pop-punk and ska solo pieces, followed by a long string of collaborative works and covers, with a couple more solo originals bookending the end of the album. In essence, the album works as a showcase for most of the different kind of styles, formats and types of song that you can find on Francis’s YouTube channel. So whether you follow his music for one particular style or for all of them, this album has something to offer everyone.

The Old Mare And The Sea is available to download on Francis Vace’s Bandcamp.


Forest Rain – Dashie’s Mom (Button’s Mom Parody) (feat. ZetaPony & Rosie Posie) | Alternative Rock

I’ve been wishing for this to happen ever since I fell in love with Dashie’s mom, and Forest Rain & Friends made it happen. It was truly only a matter of time until Pony1Kenobi’s classic got adapted to Windy Whistles’ charm and especially in light of her rocketing popularity among the community. Now it’s finally time to rock out to our new anthem definitely full of talent and awesome rocking vibes, as we passionately browse Derpibooru or other image boards in search of more Windy Whistles material and fine art.


Steely Hooves – Nightmares and No Sleep | Alternative Rock

The personification (or more like ponification) of Rock greatness, Steely Hooves just created epicness out of a sleepless night. Calling forth Luna’s mighty power, sick vocals and the perfect pony rock lyrics are completing a blissful instrumental where amazing guitar solos and riffs stand alongside tasty bass and drums play. A true anthem for the sleepless, and powerful tribute to Luna!


Plum Creek Rhythm Section – That’s Fine | Alternative Rock

Ever thought about how some of your obsessive interests are seen as “weird” or “creepy” to the outside world? Well, That’s Fine. Don’t worry about it, and keep being yourself!! You know you are in the right. Find strength in the power of your Passion, and use it to face the world with pride! Isn’t this what being a brony is about? In any case this new Alternative Rock greatness from the talented Plum Creek Rhythm Section may well be a song about it. With vocals as amazing as the instrumental, it expresses through the power of Rock and meaningful lyrics the feelings that I’m sure many of us can relate to.


StealingShad3z – Battlegrounds | Alternative Rock

A song with a wonderful concept and message, StealingShad3z’s new release tells about the Battlegrounds of life and how we can count on our true friends to be our “party members”, fighting alongside us and giving us strength, much like how the Mane 6 can always count on each other. And with the soft Alternative Rock instrumental and vocals that are equally amazing, the message is told with a perfect tenderness matching its intent.


SlightlyAmiss – Silence (feat. CaptainNateEvans) | Alternative Rock

NB: This is an edited version of what was originally posted on Equestria Daily on 22 February 2017.

SlightlyAmiss has released a pretty cool prog-style rock track about Nurse Redheart. There’s not a whole lot of content pertaining to her recently, so it’s cool to hear a song like this. It explores some pretty dark emotions throughout, with Amiss’ vocals complementing a pretty strong instrumental.


Denz Xavier – Hero’s Flight | Progressive Rock

We don’t often get something that resembles the good ol’ Progressive Rock from the 70s/80s, and I would be tempted to label this Neo-Prog but there’s just some sweet, blissful Classic Rock vibe to it that can’t help making me feel nostalgic. This track has just the right sound, creative values, melodic structure, and progression, to make it an outstanding instrumental piece from the artist that is definitely a delight for Prog Rock fans like me. In Prog We Trust! (who’s going to this year’s festival?)


[P@D] Plum Creek Rhythm Section – Handbag (covering Replacer) / Dashtortion – Through The Snow | Alt. Rock

Two more P@D songs for you today! First up is this rather mellow cover of Replacer’s song Handbag done by Plum Creek Rhythm Section – so a combination of two artists whose songs on the P@D albums are consistently some of my favourites. And the intro totally doesn’t remind me of The Pretender

And to follow, a new track from Dashtortion, which isn’t actually a solo artist, but instead a collab between StealingShad3Z and SlightlyAmiss, whose work you may remember from the last P@D album. A bit more uptempo, but still relatively chill (haha see what I did there) song with Shining Armor / Cadence themed lyrics.