You have accidentally traveled to the past, now you are in 1980, but it is not a problem, because you have finally found a perfect place to find yourself again and do retrospection on your decisions. Well, this would be the perfect soundtrack for such a situation.
Altius Volantis transports us to the past with his newest song, during the first seconds of the song you can feel all the eighties air, with the reverberated drums and the primitive synthesizers that dominated that era. Little by little, it surrounds us with airy pads that gradually dominate the song, until in a moment they fall silent and make way for a new synthesizer that makes a sticky but dark melody, little by little those pads that were echoes of the past return to appear to harmonize with the nostalgic melody, it is quite a journey, undoubtedly the soundtrack of some science fiction movie of the 80s, but with ponies as protagonists!
This song is just a preview for the upcoming album Helpie’s Corner: “Shelter of Hope”.
For a guy that has been making Brony music for the better part of 2 years, you would think someone who can make tunes like this would be just a tad bit more known. Well, let’s try to change that.
The theme of the track is about the season 5 finale of MLP. There is a great deal of drama in the pace of this track; the tempo changes in reflection to the dire situation of Twilight trying to figure out how to stop Starlight Glimmer. How this track is arranged is pretty good in playing off that; we all know the consequences that Twilight knew she was dealing with, and the realities of what time travel does. The melody really plays on that with the switches in the mood and little elements used in the composition flavors the mood right up until the end where Twilight has no choice but to hope she can talk some sense into Starlight or all is lost. RedWire is an unknown in the fandom. He has a backlog of his pony music on his channel to check out, as well as a SoundCloud with even more. (you can check that out here) Let’s encourage him to keep getting better in the community! As always, this Qilin asks you to judge for yourself. Make him feel welcome and give him some love please.
RottenTotten generates some really great emotion and atmosphere with this synth-driven piece! Produced as the first song from a project that was lost for a time, there is a strong, epic narrative thread throughout. It’s easy to picture this song backing a protracted adventure and struggle. Along with “Song of the Sea” and “Goldenblood“, this song represents some really great development in RottenTotten’s music! It’s great that this music was not lost and that the project is underway. It will be fantastic to follow this album as it is released and see the full story as it unfolds!
The Sovreign of Synthwave returns with a 15-track album full of 80s sound-inspired pony goodness! Seventh Element has always specialized in out-of-the-box sound design and style as evidenced by Equestria VHS. The songs on this album are based on the ponification of different 80s movies and references to phenomena of the time (usually centered around VHS tapes). Several sound bits are laced throughout to really help set the tone, like the clips of video tapes being inserted into VCRs, and rewind machines getting used.
Power Note has joined the fun with their remix of Work In Progress! The fun and catchy melody gets a new twist with break beats and a nice array of 80s style sound design. It brings a different emotion to the raw energy of the original and is a nice addition to the the plethora of remixes you can find over at the official remix compilation album!
The series finale feels continue with a melancholy-themed track from the new collaborative album, “The Rest of Our Lives”. Replacer has put on an interesting and unique performance to try to express some of the fandom’s struggles of the “Friendship is Magic” book being closed. The lyrics and vocals are eerie, and they reflect the struggles of many bronies after watching the finale (with the use of a vocoder) to give the message of bronies feeling lost with no more gen 4. The calm piano is so effective and gorgeous in telling this story. You really need to hear this for yourself. It may not be for everyone. Regardless, its message is powerful. As always, this Qilin asks you to judge for yourself.
Evershade takes us to The World Above with this very cuddly song starring their cute vocals! Very Equestrian for sure, the mellow track feels like a warm hug, or like rolling in the fluffy clouds in the sky. With friends in our heart it’s even better, I’m sure thinking about everypony I love so much while listening to this song and escaping in that comfy place!
Leave it to Skron, an up and coming producer to make a track with a dreamy and reflecting theme to it. A track that goes into the mind of our newly crowned bookhorse. The melodies effectively make you feel this as the song is right out of the show. It’s right in touch on how twilight would be talking, feeling about being the new ruler of equestria. There are some lovely transitions and drops that take the emotion from, uncertainty to courage, power and overcoming the odds. Skron vocals really drive you into her mind and her sense of wonder. If there was ever a way, really to use Twilight’s character growth over 9 seasons. Skron I’ll say, has done so in this package of bliss and celebration for track 42 on P@D: Ignite. As always, This Qilin asks you to judge for yourself.
Another compilation makes its way into the fandom in the form of The Rest of Our Lives, a tribute to the show and fandom. The album contains 13 diverse tracks from various musicians across various genres such as Tw3Lv3, Replacer, Ditherer and Evdog just to name a few. The opening track, Remembering (Origin & Depth) by Space Horse Manifesto is an atmospheric rock song that stretches across 7 minutes and goes from being a spacey, ambient rock piece to having full-on funky electronic pop influences halfway through. The very next track is River of Dismay, Tw3Lv3’s first of four appearances on the album and an emotional drum n’ bass track that utilizes a piano to create beautiful soundscapes, making it one of the album’s highlights. Stand-out tracks are the previously mentioned Remembering and River of Dismay, loophoof and Tw3Lv3’s remix of the SoGreatandPowerful classic On My Own, Evdog‘s Through the Veil, an uplifting rock track with soaring vocals and lyrics with references to the show and its characters, and Freewave‘s Twilight Sleeps Loudly, an ambient piece that feels like the soundtrack to Twilight taking a much deserved rest after earning her title as the ruler of Equestria. Overall, this compilation serves as a lovely sendoff to the show and while it’s not as diverse or prolific as fellow compilations Ponies At Dawn or VibePoniez, there’s enough unique songs that anyone can find enjoyment in. All donations made towards the album will be put towards the Brony Thank You Fund, a charity which is currently providing supplies to mask makers during the COVID-19 outbreak.