A mashup of My Little Pony and Bionicle! When you think you’ve seen it all … The first half is a cover of William Anderson’s Luna’s theme. It keeps the beautiful harp and the choirs however the main melody is played first by the woodwinds and then joined in by the strings, instead of introducing both at once. This lets the music slowly build up and serve as an extended version of the original of sorts. The astonishing prose poem in the description that accompanies the piece is one of Heartsong’s best works so far and explores the depths of Luna’s psyche. It is as much a part of the whole experience as the music itself.
Mane In Green has blessed us with her fluff once again with this beautifully crafted piece about Rarity. The song showcases Green’s signature orchestral style while also capturing Rarity’s personality with flying colors. Elegant, dramatic and mellow, this track progresses in many different forms and moods as the sky also lightens and darkens now and again to fit with each progression. What a beautiful trip!
The chant series that began six years ago is finally completed. The last three chants diverge a bit from the first half by being more energetic and giving more space to the instrumental. In particular, Chant of Selflessness has a different structure: instead of alternating choruses and verses this one starts off with the chorus, followed by all the verses, and then the chorus is repeated once more. The intro is still sung a cappella then both singers alternate responding to each other and singing in harmony. The piece definitely showcases MemJ0123‘s beautiful voice and voice acting talent and 4EverfreeBrony’s incredible vocal skills. The instrumental comprises a delightful piano and of course Koron Korak‘s stunning violin playing. All elements mesh together to form this perfect piece that will hopefully convince you to listen to the whole album.
Elias Frost returns with yet another song from Stories Vol. III. Based on a Swedish lullaby by Bellmans Vaggvisa, Chrysalis Lullaby is a truly haunting and creepy piece about the queen of the hive herself. A haunting vocal piece makes up for the core sample, with the beginning flaunting some orchestral strings, a piano, some music box sounds and haunting ambience sounds before eventually building up as Frost’s music is known to do. The buildup sees the inclusion of an electric guitar, EDM drum hits on top of the vocalist’s creepy delivery. This album’s on the way to greatness!
Based on the Background Pony fanfic, Darkness Sonata is a sombre track that focuses solely on the lyre with sounds of wind faintly ringing out, as if to add a desolate atmosphere. This is said to be one of Lyra’s own compositions in the story, though it’s played with an orchestra as opposed to Ocean Melody’s rendition. The melody really puts you into Lyra’s head, as if you’ve been isolated and left alone, just how she felt. Oof…
Originally intended as a gift for a friend, Koron Korak remade the instrumental of Aviators‘ Constellations from the ground up for his cover. Turning the kick down a bit was a great idea to make space for the synths and more importantly the violin. Koron Korak’s signature instrument replaces the original vocals and as he puts it, the violin is his voice. Dancing while playing in Lindsey Stirling style is quite a feat, especially when the music is this good!
Jonny Music has been making arrangements of pony music for all sorts of organs, but has recently commissioned Yensid Organist to play his pipe organ version of all the songs from A Hearth’s Warming Tail, live! It starts off with the show’s theme song followed by Heart’s Warming Eve Is Here Once Again which works very well, the festive sounds such as the bells being easily played by the very versatile instrument. Say Goodbye to the Holiday definitely sounds very much like a villain song which the organ is often used to represent. Once again the flexibility of the instrument allows for a great adaptability, and now Pinkie’s Present sounds a bit like theme park song. Fandom’s beloved Luna’s Future also gets the organ treatment, conveying the greatness of the original. Even a bonus from Heart’s Warming Eve is included at the end. The performance and arrangement both deserve much love as great amounts of efforts must have been poured into making this video, which even features Easter eggs!
In yet another case of an older fandom musician making a grand return, Silverwing has just released the appropriately titled New Beginnings, his first official track since Tranquil Memories from May 2015! New Beginnings is a lovely improvisational solo piano piece that sounds hopeful and optimistic about the new future that we may get now that FiM has ended. The slow pace makes it feel like the start of a new era after the old one closed out with a bang. Welcome back, Silverwing! We can’t wait to see what you come out with next.
This piece of music is truly breathtaking. It’s orchestral music is slow and calming, which fits the subject matter of the track incredibly. The track also gives off a sense of powerful emotion and grandeur, adding to the already rich and amazing atmosphere of the track even more so.
We’ve come to the fifth and final track of Jyc Row’s amazing Legion EP, this one centred around the EP’s established legion of doom. Serving as the closing track, it’s only fitting that the pure epic orchestral feelings are turned up to eleven here, and the inclusion of vocalist Celica Soldream throughout this 4 part piece further helps makes it flourish. Perfect music for the inevitable final battle!