Equestria, assemble! Jyc Row’s first track of the year is Equestria Assemble, a hefty orchestral piece inspired by the Avengers. Based on the S9 finale, the song jumps straight into the powerful side of things without letting up, signifying the combined forces of Equestria coming together to stop the evil reigns of Tartarus’ most valued tyrants. An epic piece of imagery requires an equally epic sound to go along with it!
Rarity Advocate’s first track of the year (and decade, by extention) is finally here! Sinfonia for Klavier is a two part story told through music, with each image depicting a different scenario. The first part of the song solely consists of a harpsicord playing a regal melody fitting of the princesses; they’re seen waking up in bed in the morning. The track then quickly fading out into a much softer piano part that shows an image of Luna and Starlight Glimmer sitting across from one another over some tea. They’ve shown you don’t need words to get a good image in your head!
Nyancat380 is back again, this time experimenting with a genre we don’t get enough of in this great fandom of ours: jazz! Specifically, Latin jazz. This dark, smooth Latin piece incorporates a muted bass, a collage of brass instruments, and of course, tons of Latin percussion. The song ends with overwhelmingly jazzy solos from the piece’s piano and brass elements.
It’s always a treat when Ocean Melody uploads. March of the Tides is their second song based on the Background Pony fanfic, and like Darkness Sonata, it focuses just on the lyre to create a song. A lead melody plays over a soft arpeggio, sounding melancholic and brooding as it is said to be Lyra’s own spin on a song called Sunset Bolero. Short, but bittersweet.
JP Hyper collabed with N4ghtwolf to write a theme song for a fanfic they wrote, and what an epic track it is! It sure is indicative of the kind of epicness you can expect from the story, with those choirs and that progression of 9 minutes of Orchestral greatness that is already an adventure in itself!
I just love songs representing a character like this, you can feel how the sound and melodies are portraying the pony, and what thoughts the musician had while composing the piece! The flute is definitely very fitting for Fluttershy, and these Flutterdreams sound so mellow and comfy, just like the kind of world that she would imagine, filled with kindness!
Multi-media fan works are always so awesome, especially when they’re also group collabs with friends! For the series of audiobooks/dramas “Fallout Equestria Dead Tree” on the channel, Shotgun Angel Productions released this outro song that gathers the vocal talents of SkyBolt and Inky Notebook from the Traveling Pony Museum, as well as the compositional prowess of James Kelly of East Corp Productions! Everypony coming together to create fan works like these makes me so happy!!
Remember Terramar from Surf And/Or Turf? m2the3rd’s latest song is about his struggle of choosing which land and parent to live in. The dry land with his father, or the wet underworld with his mother? The soft sounds of water can be heard behind the soft music, mainly consisting of his truly melancholy voice, soft piano keys and violin, the latter of which was provided by the multi-talented Koron Korak. There’s a noticable 80s influence here, from the production to the vocals. I’m sure some of us have gone through a similar situation at some point in our lives.
Heartsong returns to A State of Sugar with track 23 as well as Brownie‘s longest track clocking in at nearly 8 minutes, Cloudsbane! The soundtrack vibes are real with this one, being driven by ominous orchestral instruments and unique percussion that really gives the song an old-timey feeling. Halfway through the track, the optimistic mood suddenly drops to a halt as a dark string fades in alongside the sound of thunder in the background, indicating impending danger. However, it keeps building up to a satisfying conclusion, choirs and powerful percussion abound. This strong piece was actually inspired by a fanfiction entitled Magisight, which was written by their friend PsychicKid. Something like that only adds to how great this piece is!
For a song titled Calm Of The Sky, this sure is pretty cathartic and fast-paced. Track 21 from A State of Sugar: Brownie is Koron Korak’s remix of the Age of Vinyl and Hay Tea original! His take is an all-out beautiful piece that keeps the DnB feel of the original while putting an emphasis on the orchestral strings that shine through. Alongside the heavy bass and fast drums are heavenly choirs and bell sounds complete with orchestral string riffs. Just another amazing track in the ASOS and Koron catalogue!