Definitely among my top favorite releases of the year, Luck’s new song is a shining example of a heartfelt and passionate rendition of a classic, turned into an expression of community love and dedication. The timeless Africa by Toto get a whole new meaning, and Luck’s tender vocals are making us melt as we experience such an emotional ponification. As someone who loves the original, and who can relate to so many of those feelings, I was so very moved by this, and I will keep supporting Luck, and all of you in the community, for all of my life. Thank you all for everything you do..!!
Here we are with the first single from Ephemeral II: Parallels. Right from the opening seconds this song captivated me with its foreboding atmosphere and intriguing instrumentation. There is A LOT going on here from complex melodies to intricate and subtle percussive elements. The Oblivion Highway is a journey to our past across the the land of memories. You can feel the mood progress throughout as we visit some of life’s more pleasant memories, our vivid recollections, times of joy, and times we wish to forget. The album releases on May 1, 2019 and if you like intricate story telling through song, this is the album for you!
4EB & Odyssey da Homies teamed up for a Beautiful duet track about our beloved Princess ponies, combining two Beautiful Entities (and songs literally) to create a symphony so super sweet and heartwarming! This track is the living Evidence that the Light & Darkness need each other. As they both embrace us, and help us. Even we ways we don’t see, hear, or understand. But we feel them. That’s what matters. I hope y’all enjoy these Acoustics as I did! Great work guys!
In a surprise release we should all be excited for, Acouste Wholenote returns with a great tribute to everypony’s favorite grade school teacher, Cheerilee! Played using excellent guitar work and impassioned vocals, Acouste demonstrates the personal issues of the pink educator and her plea for her students better understand the lessons she is only just now learning herself. Lesson is a wholesome track that leaves out a lot of processing and fancy mixing schematics, allowing for a more honest, raw sound to resonate the earnest message.
Crusader! has written a few heart-melting love tracks in his day, and this one is right up there in sentimentality! Ever Again touches on Big Mac’s visits to Starlight’s village to see Sugar Belle, setting the tone with just acoustic guitar and vocals to start the track. Crusader! adds in piano, drums, and bass, emphasizing the traveling theme of Big Mac persistently going to see his crush. The lyrics are great as well, drawing the title from the notion that Big Mac doesn’t want to be without Sugar Belle Ever Again.
The time of new smiles and celebrations in pony spirit is drawing near, with HarmonyCon happening on February 8th – 10th, and the lovely con mascots duo of DoTheDaringDew and Brittney Ackerman are doing wonders to raise the hype to cute/100 levels, with this happy and very pony-like Soft Rock song starring the two musicians and ponies as singers, and a video made by Hyper Dash! Check out HarmonyCon and their amazing lineup of pony musicians!
The immensely talented Rockin’Brony comes through with an exceedingly well-done cover of Aviators’ fandom classic, Open Your Eyes! With some flourishes to enhance the cover, an increased electric guitar presence, and a subtle and ethereal synthesizer at the song’s climax, the cover is very much in the spirit of the original while adding Rockin’Brony’s flavor to make it his own.
Chant of Immortality is such a classic from 4EverfreeBrony and it sounds relevant or even obligatory that a live version should see the light of day! The talented musician and singer does us the honor with this “Concert Version” designed to be played by a full band on stage, interpreting the original and its deep meaning anew along the gorgeous vocals. Hearing this live would be just so grand and epic, for an already epic song!
4everfreebrony is tugging at the heartstrings again, this time from Applejack’s point of view. In a tribute to an underappreciated Eagles hit, the longtime fandom alum sings a song to AJ’s parents letting them know what is happening with their family and how she has been feeling. As usual, everything from the guitar-work to the harmonies, to the production is spot on and you can’t help but get a bit emotional listening to the hardworking farm pony tell her mom and dad they could never be replaced.Touching and with the perfect amount of slice-of-life feel, Working on the Farm is another fantastic number in 4everfreebrony’s always impressive repertoire.
What an amazing surprise to have a new release from the long-time fandom great, Turquoise Splash! So Much Left to See is exactly as amazing as you would expect from someone who has been a big part of so many fandom hits over the years, featuring incredibly beautiful vocals and a gorgeous acoustic guitar. The track is a love song between Derpy and Doctor Whooves with Splash singing of how much better things are for the ponies to be together. It is difficult to listen to just once and that’s a fantastic quality to have in a song.