Welcome to the party! Don’t worry–I’m sure that Pinkie’s friends were already like that when she found them. Finally, someone has addressed the need for more “dark western trap” (frankly a criminally underrepresented genre)! What’s great about this track (apart from being perfect for making your friends and family worry about your music listening habits) is how it takes elements found elsewhere on the “Shenanigans Two” album and twists them to serve its unsettling narrative. Choirs, synths, and distortion used to evoke wonder or adventure on other tracks create a foreboding atmosphere. The guitar that was a hero on “Chiptune Train” plays its last, tortured notes before never being heard from again. The grooving bass line, introduced after the instrumental opening, pairs with dark chimes to create a twisted music box melody. When joined by the guitar and ominous harmonica, it creates an amazing effect, completing Toby Macarony’s latest masterful layering of unlikely accompanying elements. The song jangles, rattles, and scratches its way to its dark conclusion as the light fades along with your hopes of escaping a terrible fate. All of this works amazingly well with the video, which in turn burns, wavers, and pulses to the music to great effect. To borrow from another Toby Macarony album title, this is grim, dark, and groovy stuff.
Today we’ve got ourselves a song by Shotgun Angel Productions, the people working on the Audio Book Fallout Equestria: Dead Tree. This song is a re-imagination of Johnny Cash’s God’s Gonna Cut Em Down and even though some lines are similar it’s nonetheless it’s own track. The lyrics talk about no matter how far you run, no matter what you do to hide it, one day all the ponies who did wrong will get what’S coming to them, the lying gear trader, the evil raider will all get their due. This song is sure to make you whip and sing along, it’s just this great, and not to a small part because of the awesome singing voice of Nowacking.
(Listen to “Blue on Black” Here)
Applejack, The strongest earth pony in Equestria. The realist pony to talk to about life. A pony thats tougher than a 2$ steak, but packs the muscle to get the job done. AJ, like it or not, is an awesome character. But can a song about her say that better? How about some soulful country rock? Leave it to the man that can do it all musically. 4everfreebrony. He takes Kenny Wayne Shepherd “Blue on Black” and ponifide’s it into a preview single of his upcoming parody album. The song frankly hits applejack right to her core as a character. The lyrics are simple but sound. The transition of the melodies in this is smooth and clean. Specially the guitar solos that are done spot on from the original and adds the rock elements to this smooth country flavor. This song is a goodie for all you Applejack lovers out there. As always, this Qilin asks you to judge for yourself.
Toby Macarony makes incredible and unique music that only Toby Macarony can make! For years now, they have been pushing the boundaries of conventional dance music and thrilling those paying attention with a hybrid electro swing/horror style while occasionally dabbing into other genres as well.
Shenanigans puts the full array of talent front and center with a variety of amazing tracks! The vocal chop work is out of this world, with the timing, tuning, and modulation.
The first track The Starlight Glimmer Express has a powerful and very jazzy feel. The beat bounces to a train-like cadence and sets the stage for a crazy album.
Songs like Sunset at the Farm, and AJ’s Muscles utilize some country instrumentation and get a very homely, Applejack feel with the twang from a banjo among other stylized instrumentation.
One of the biggest standout tracks on this album is Forever which is a sound bath of incredible vocal chops, expertly panned. It uses only a little bit on piano, focusing almost entirely on the layering of familiar tidbits from several show songs. The track amazes from very early on and only gets better and better throughout the 6 minute run-time! You do not want to miss out hearing this song and it follows that you should do yourself the favor of listening to the full album. There is absolutely no musician in this fandom (or probably outside of it either!) who does what Toby Macarony accomplishes!
Voodoo Pup is a recent face in the fandom’s music scene, as this is his first original tune based on the show. To help out, he’s enlisted the talents of singer Destiny Howard, who sings beautifully here. The song is a calm country number based on The Perfect Pear from the perspective of Applejack, singing about her parents, and how – if they were still around – she hopes they’d be proud of her for how far she and the rest of her family have come. I can tell you for a fact that we are!
Hackamore is back after a long quiet period, but with just as much emotion and musical depth as ever! Jackie’s Dream is a soft piece about what Applejack’s life may have been like had she have been born in a royal town instead of on a farm. The lyrics detail how her life would be at a much faster and cleaner pace with studying and promise of prestige and a traditional family. The tone of the song is very somber and reflective, using traditional country instrumentation like the mandolin and banjo throughout.
In a heartfelt tribute to Derpy, The Wonderbolts spin a tale of the bubbly mare’s struggle and strife in What Went Wrong. What sets this Derpy song apart from many others is the abrasive reality portrayed through a bittersweet plea for understanding, characterized by the rugged instrumental and powerful vocals. One of the most curious defining traits of the song is the overall saturated and analog sounding mix that is present throughout, particularly during the loudest sections, evoking a sense of of looking into the past as well as considering the future of one of the fandom’s most beloved characters. This song is truly a monolith to the fandom, accompanied by art from ExclusionZone.
MelodyBrony, Tyler Peace and Roundtrip teamed up for a very lovely ponification of the famous song Take Me Home, Country Roads from John Denver, and the result is so cute and blissful as we can just imagine ponies singing this in Equestria while traveling back home! It certainly feels like Equestria is our home, for us bronies stuck on Earth, and maybe we can still get there in some way!
Now here’s a mighty lovely surprise! (said in Applejack’s voice) A whole new album about the awesome ponies from the Apple family by 4EverfreeBrony, featuring the talent of none other than Relative1Pitch! The union of the two musicians’ musical minds is sparking wonders and it’s clearly audible in Warmth, a blissful Rock/Country hybrid that has got honest vocals and even a much welcomed Classic Rock guitar solo! This gem is available as part of the new album Emerald Eyes!
Enigma got released and it was amazing! Now the artists are uploading their tracks for we keep the party going up! Haymer brings the country vibes mixed with a Replacer kind of textures in this funny track about the 6 friends. The guitar solo is amazing and the keyboard is also kickass!
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