Shortly before we started the Horse Music Herald, Francis Vace released his first full album (of his current discography that hopefully won’t be deleted from Bandcamp any time soon) – Lost In A Pastel Hue. Now (okay, a couple of months ago) the time has come for a second full-length release. In a similar vein, The Old Mare And The Sea contains a variety of styles, draws from a few different influences, and contains solo work, collabs, and covers. We start off with upbeat pop-punk and ska solo pieces, followed by a long string of collaborative works and covers, with a couple more solo originals bookending the end of the album. In essence, the album works as a showcase for most of the different kind of styles, formats and types of song that you can find on Francis’s YouTube channel. So whether you follow his music for one particular style or for all of them, this album has something to offer everyone.
The Old Mare And The Sea is available to download on Francis Vace’s Bandcamp.
Don’t be deceived by its title, because this song is all but generic! Laughing at this kind of situation we may know in our world, Francis Vace and Spectra bring all the sweep madness all over again, but in a musical way different from all the EDM remixes we had. Those who know Francis’ specialty will have guessed it, it’s time to sweep the dance floor with Ska greatness! While the Guitar Gently Sweeps (sorrynotsorry), awesome and
sweep sweet vocals from both singers unfold and make the track quite a wonderful Rock music follow-up to that fateful episode and Dash’s calling to the community.
Off the Everfree EP, Francis Vace’s cover of the closing song from Legend of Everfree pays much tribute to the Rainbooms’ live performance of the song, in the unique musical style that we love to hear from the talented Ska-Punk musician. Not lacking of enjoyable Ska vibes in some of the vocal parts, the cover also lays out powerful guitar play as we rediscover the Rainbooms’ latest record in newfound rock spirit.
It’s over. This video wins. Exactly what it has won though has yet to be determined. Shout out to Squeaky Belle for making this incredible video.
I hope you enjoyed our idea of an April Fools joke, normal service resumes tomorrow.
NB: This was originally posted on Equestria Daily on 25 March 2017.
Francis Vace has been uncharacteristically quiet recently, but that’s because he has a new album coming out very soon, called The Old Mare And The Sea! This is the first release from the album, and is a follow up of sorts to a track he wrote some time ago called Cold Feet. His voice shines here, with some great vocal melodies especially in the chorus, which is super catchy. There’s also some classic ska horns as well for those who dig that stuff as much as I do.
This totally not confusingly-titled song by Francis Vace is…well, as it says in the thumbnail, a cover of NewPatrol’s remix of Flak’s song Walls. So kinda hitting 2 birds with one stone in terms of the specifications of the latest Ponies At Dawn album. Not only that, but it combines Vace’s 3 main styles of punk, ska and, more recently, metal. Really hitting all those birds, poor things…
Here’s the results of last month’s community vote for the top ten pony songs of November, enjoy!
Not for the first time, Francis Vace has made a nice little EP of cover songs, in a variety of his favourite styles. Last year he performed his favourites from the 3rd Equestria Girls movie, and now he’s taken on the 4th – Legend of Everfree. 4 songs from the film ranging in genre from punk to reggae, and of course with a bit of his signature ska sound twisted in here and there. If you’re a fan of his original work, you’re sure to enjoy his take on these songs too. And best of all, you can download it entirely for free from his bandcamp page!
This is my jam!! An amazing fusion made possible by a most lovely collaboration, this Skacore track blends Francis Vace‘s Ska-Punk style and vocals with The L-Train’s signature Metal sound for a combination of vocal styles and an instrumental of much originality and force, sublimated by a masterful trumpet play from TheMusicReborn. While it looks like our friend Anon is in trouble, we sure are getting the special treatment from Pinkie as she inspired such a wonderful collab. Among the delightful Ska vibes, the heavy guitar riffs, and both the softer and harsher vocals from Francis, this impressive song will take any party to its peak, perhaps triggering an Overdrive!
Start your morning off with a BANG with some Dashie-themed ska from Quicksilver. This track comes in anticipation of his upcoming album, Six and One, due to be released on June 1st! You know what that means? TIME FOR HYPE! 😀