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!
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!
Fresh off the presses from Spikey Wikey is Chants, the A-side from the newly released Chants/Nice Things single! Chants does a very good job at creating a unique atmosphere with only a few elements; Fluttershy vocal samples, breakbeat samples, faint synths and a brooding bassline. Her voice is the real star of the show, adding to the track’s ominous atmosphere, particularly when she simply vocalises along with the main melody. Like she says, just give it a chance!
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.
He’s at it again. Mr Macarony making up his own rules for the creative of music. This time a tune about the mane six not taking any crap from no pony. This hodgepodge of elements that he has mixed up is a mixer of Jazz, Rock and Electronica. These melodies create a theme of something you would hear in a fighting game or an adventure game. It very appropriate for getting you in to vision of the mane six going into a place like manehatten looking to solve a friendship problem. When you listen to Toby’s stuff you just don’t know what you’re getting but it sounds unique and enjoyable all in the same. As always, this Qilin asks you to judge for yourself.
Provider of your daily gate to Equestria, Koron recorded some rare audio of Fluttershy playing the didgeridoo at Zecora’s place! You can even hear them speak! The magic of 15.ai is doing wonders again, just like Koron’s inspired didgeridoo performance! The real magic is how the show inspired passionate musicians like Koron to make such lovely fan works, though!
Love is in bloom with the third track from LaunchSix’s Gravity EP. Distance Between Us shows a beautiful electronic atmosphere, the lovely major key pads and piano riffs behind heavy drums painting an image of the brighter sides of unideal situations, this one in particular being a long-distance relationship. Even those far apart can feel close as can be!
Age of Vinyl and Hay Tea is the most iconic duo of the so-called “DnB gang”. When they join forces it is hard not to stop everything and admire in awe the formidable achievement of two musicians being in total control and mastery of their craft. This time they gave us Moonrise, available as part of P@D: Eternal. The intro of a liquid drum & bass song is highly important and here it is made up of some slick sampling followed by some bells on top of strings that appear again during the bridge. After this, the main part comes and we hear the insane reese bass that is found in most Age of Vinyl songs which has the ability to catch the listener’s psyche and put them in trance at once. Thereafter, divine arps perfect what had been built just before. That second drop finishes this magnificent song by including the immortal flutterchops. These two musicians proved themselves once more capable of making us experience some of the most intense feelings music can provide. We truly are blessed to have them.
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.
Comebacks? Comebacks. Arcana is Sonic Rainboom’s first track in nearly 2 years, and was it worth the wait? This is a progressive trance piece that features Twilight Sparkle’s vocals chopped up to create part of the melody along with the atmospheric and filtered synths. The end result is something that sounds like a trance track from the 2000s, much like BassPon3‘s discography. What a wonderful way to return to the fold!