Okay. I probably don’t need to introduce you to TCB (If you’d like a proper introduction, may I recommend this beautiful compilation album?). All you really need to know is that this artist is one of the foremost practitioners of sound design in the fandom, that no one gets more out of a vocal chop than they do, and that emotional and psychological subject matter is their forte. Now they have given us a whole album of finely calibrated tracks, the product of 10 years of pushing boundaries and redefining sonic excellence. Your musical mind is in the hands of a master, so find a quiet place, break out the good headphones, sit down, strap in, and do your best to absorb everything that is about to come your way. It’s going to be a heck of a ride.
Toby Macarony goes back to their roots with this horror-inspired, electronic take on Giggle at the Ghosties. Mixing in that far-away, Halloween organ with upbeat synths, percussion, and the trademark Toby Macarony pitched-up pony chops, Giggle at the Creepy is the perfect Nightmare Night party track. While these kinds of songs have always been difficult to describe, it is a fever-dream, a nightmare, and a rave all put into one. The best way to understand is still, of course, to listen for yourself!
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Whirlwind is not just a drummer in this fandom, oh no, my fellow bronies. He is quite the musical storyteller. It takes special talent to take real dreams and translate them into relatable music. His debut album tells a story of his OC seeing Equestria. It’s amazing to me how much MLP:FiM means so much to people, and how dreams like this can translate into music such as this. The elements in use are there, creative uses of ambient, electronia, IDM. even a bit of drone, D&B and even glitch-hop. These all bring out the experience of so many ups and downs, drama-filled excitement or moments of peaceful bliss. Whirlwind alone should be commended in the creative experimentation of electronic music that he’s trying to break into, but enough of me talking… Let’s have a listen.
Jazzy electric piano chords, ambient synths, neuro-inspired basses, and some of the heaviest drums of the century! This is a combination of elements I feel as though I could talk about for hours and hours, for this is Feryl DeMarco’s new track Livid. The absolute best things are short, sweet, and don’t come often, like the enjoyment of a piece of candy. This electronic masterpiece fits that bill better than any song I’ve listened to in the past month or so. The recent album Ponies at Dawn: Ignite features this song, which I feel it absolutely deserves its place. Music like this is where music is headed. Thank you so much, Feryl DeMarco!
Whirlwind returns with another unique electronic piece. Based on Lesson Zero, The Friendship Experiment is an erratic and glitchy track with lots of hefty sounds and NES styled synths. All the craziness brings about feelings of being in Twilight’s underground lab while thinking of ways to create problems to solve. The Aphex Twin influence is very prominent!
Been a while since we’ve heard from Feryl DeMarco, hasn’t it? She’s back with her first track of the year as well as track 16 from the freshly released ASOS: Brownie, Alterworlds! True to its name, the song feels like the soundtrack to an alternate dimension, or a dimension hopping trip. Feryl’s signature electronic style absolutely shines through on this track, particularly the percussion and erratic synth sounds. Just another amazing addition to her discography as well as something to remember from the album!
How many of you know Whirlwind? If you answer is that he is one of the premier drummers in the fandom then you are correct. Now he comes in with more surprises. He has made a few steps into the world of Electronica/EDM/Techno. This track is based on a wonderful dream he had. A dream of journey under Equestria he took with Rarity as his guide. The music translated his dream like magic . His OC is traveling in these wondrous caves seeing different styles of mythical and shiny geo’s with a beautiful mare like rarity. Who is more than happy to talk to you about these stones and keep you company. Ambient is about music that tells a story about emotion and environment. This song does remind me of many video games that resemble this mood. It’s calm, mysterious and relaxing. Give Whirlwind some love, he’s had a rough time as of late at the time of the release of this track. As always this Qilin asks you to judge for yourself.
Brilliant Venture is great at turning several vocal chops into a mesmerizing, quick melody! His distinctive style and bright, organized compositions are both exciting to hear and ooze that beloved pony-vibe that comes with recognizing the many sound bites from the show. The intricate and ever-evolving beat of Outstanding Power Play Ms. Hoof! keeps you on your toes, a staple of Venture music!
Hot off the press from Ponies at Dawn: Skyward, we have been gifted with a mesmerizing piece. Opening with a very chill and laid back mood with subtle intricacies and an excellent sound stage there is an air of regal intelligence that is buttery smooth and by contrast the switchup in the song’s climax to Neurohop is down surprisingly well and hits home very hard and heavy while still blending in the atmospheric vibes of the rest of song. Excellent job MEQA and Arturo! Definitely a highlight of the album in my eyes!
I so love tracks with a concept like these! Fellow musical experimenter PeKaNo does wonders with this Breakcore endeavor that is as atmospheric as it is melodic. With tons of great ideas and a much creative take on the genre, the track enacts the story explained in the description so well! The melodic part at 1:32 especially is pure bliss for me!