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SpinScissor – Lunar Rivers Below | Chillout / Ambient

Sky Above, Lunar Rivers Below… (reference intended) SpinScissor signs a new masterpiece with an incredible chill piece sending some love to Luna and her almighty Night, with emotional soundscapes and a bass coming in at 2:20 that is a bliss that can’t be explained with words. The power of music!

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Noizzer – Catacombs EP | Ambient / Experimental

There’s something to be said for musicians that embrace their musical past and acknowledge it for what it is rather than deleting everything, and Noizzer’s re-release of this very early work admirably embraces that ethos with aplomb. As the album description says, the premise of the album is that Discord has imprisoned Twilight in a catacomb, and she must now find her way out. It’s some of Noizzer’s earliest work, so he cautions the listener about the quality, but I thought that it was a really cool concept that actually resulted in some interesting and enjoyable music. Let’s dive into what Nozzier came up with!

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Algo at All – just the view | Alternative Electronic / Ambient

Drawing inspiration from Autumn Blaze’s lyric, “just the view for company,” Algo at All skillfully captures Autumn’s conflicting emotions during her exile from the Kirin Village.  This unique ambient track begins with neutral vibes but soon transitions into something darker, symbolic of how Autumn may have felt as she sat in solitude near her castaway-style hut and stared down at the beautiful valley below.  The melancholy nature of the piece effectively conveys the pain of Autumn’s self-imposed isolation, the difficult choice she made in order to preserve her freedom of expression.  The whispery background vocals hint at the quiet conversations that may have played softly in Autumn’s imagination, as she clung to the hope of one day sharing her thoughts with someone who would understand what she has lost and the price she has paid for her freedom.  The piece soon gains a lighter mood, however, as Autumn sings of the importance of keeping her voice.  The greatest strength of this track is the expression it gives to the progression of Autumn’s emotions throughout her exile.  We can see her initial resolve, her subsequent doubt about that choice she has made, and finally, the joy she feels as she meets someone she can talk to.  At this climactic moment, the fire is reignited within her as she celebrates her principled choice with more confidence than ever.

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Koron Korak – Cold and Lonely Winter | Dark Ambient

This ambient piece from Koron is a musical painting brushed with the most melancholy colors of emotion.  Its haunting choir vocals and strong piano chords make for a very tense mood, conveying sadness bordering on despair.  Sounds of icy winds rushing through barren trees mingle with a melancholy melody, conveying the hapless plight of a wanderer who is lost in a cold, dark forest.  Listeners familiar with such emotions will find themselves hoping and praying that the wanderer soon escapes his forest prison and finds his way back home.

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[Equinity] TCB – Only One (Tw3Lv3 Remix) | Liquid Drum & Bass

As a power move, Tw3lv3 has released a smooth and fast remix of TCB’s quite popular tune “Only One” not only to Equinty’s 4th album, but also their own Simp EP! Keeping in line with the ambience and scope of the original we get a taste of a faster yet laid back version of this tune with some really fun changes and twists especially near the end where some surprising but welcome textures and vibes. This one is a wonderful addition to the album and Tw3lv3 really knows how to string a vibe together!

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One Track Mind – Cyberpony EP | Electronic

Okay, everypony, I’m going to level with you. I almost didn’t listen to this album. The first time that I played “Flyby at Night”, I got about a minute in, and I bailed. “This is too much 80s-style synth for me,” I remember saying at the time. I guess I was busy with some other stuff, and it didn’t engage me at first. Then I looked at the Bandcamp page and modus_ponens’s review. It was a glowing review, and it listed “Flyby at Night” as the reviewer’s favorite track. “Okay, okay,” I thought to myself. “I’ll give it another shot.” Later that day I found myself in the kitchen needing to get a bunch of cooking done and wanting a little background music. Long story short, that time flew by, and now I have to agree with modus_ponens–these are all great songs. Please give this album a listen! Feel free to read on for my take on this soundtrack to a story that I wish that I knew better!

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Toby Macarony – Autumn’s Stars | Alternative Electronic

Toby is at it again with their distinctive style and flare! This one is a surprisingly tranquil piece with a very soothing atmosphere, a groovy bassline and a plethora of wonderful instrumentation. Choirs? Pan flutes? Grungy breakbeats? This has it all and has an astounding dynamic range! I’ve always been a Kirin fan and I just have to say I don’t know how they do it. Making ethnic inspired melodies, groovy basses and choirs work together in harmony but once again Toby knocked it out of the park!