After at least a year in the making, Nyanakaru has finally completed his newest album. As it happens, we’ve actually covered each one of these single releases so far (some under his former alias). You can check those out below. The last addition to this is True Colors, an intensely dark and heavy glitchy drumstep-like song – I’m not entirely sure how to describe it, so I recommend taking a listen yourself!
Once upon a time in the magical time of 2013, Le Soldat Pony released “Before These Mighty Skies” as an innovative, indie/alternative sound that was quite new and distinctive to the fandom. Le Soldat may not be a common name nowadays, but another longtime fandom musician certainly hasn’t forgotten. Jeff Burgess revived the ideas of the songs from the original album and transformed them into his own form of covers, even continuing to add bonus alternatives to the bandcamp album following the initial release!
Burgess’ sound mixes elements of indie, alternative, ambient, progressive, and folk to capture a full, distinctive sound that manages to come across as both somber and nostalgic – almost as if the songs themselves are thinking of Le Soldat and wondering where they are now.
A Train Between Canterlot and the Great Divide features a gorgeous acoustic guitar quickly picking single notes of chords and driving the song forward. Jeff sings of a pony who – like the guitar – aims to move forward, leaving the past behind and hopping off a train to something new.
A Wide Eyed Cabin in the Woods has a very old-timey, homely vibe through a strumming banjo and layered, group vocal deliverance – all performed by Burgess. It is eerie and comforting in a way only Jeff could make so satisfying.
A gorgeous blend of genres, styles, originality and cover tribute, “Before These Mighty Skies” is a brilliant revival of what once was, in a way that now is.
It’s not every day you find a double compilation album in your inbox (thanks Drixale), so this was a very pleasant surprise. Eastquestria is a new pony music collective from China, who last month launched their first compilation album, Prelude. The album spans two “discs”, each one featuring over an hour of music. There’s mostly a mix of electronic and orchestral/soundtrack – some of the latter even includes the sound of some traditional East Asian instruments. If you’re looking for some artists you don’t normally see anywhere else, this double album is a great place to begin!
Content warning: This album features adult language and other explicit content.
Hyperpop has been on the rise in the fandom for the past few years, and now Koa contributes a full album worth of crazy, silly, super-boppin’ hits! Every track on Rainbow Disaster Pop is conceptualized through a different episode from Dawn Somewhere’s series Rainbow Dash Presents, a comical video set which retold notable MLP fanfiction through parody. The entire album exudes punk energy with lots of fun vocal effects, subtle audio nods to Dawn Somewhere, chaotic randomness, hilarity, and so much more!Continue reading
Content warning: extensive drug references (in case it’s not obvious)
Do you want to know when an artist is at the best of their game? Hearing music made just how they envisioned it, making that dream a reality. After years of honing her craft, Tw3Lv3 proudly presents the fruits of her hard work in this album. In essence, the music she feels and breathes is here within these tracks. Music that makes you think you are having a chill time with ponies like Tree Hugger and Fluttershy in a café on a cozy afternoon. As Tw3Lv3 had stated, the music she listens to relaxes, and the music she feels is in these tracks to give you those chill vibes. Haze Garden is the right blend of lo-fi and drum & bass mixing with perfection! This album is a testament to how good she has become! Let’s take a listen.Continue reading
The historic fandom compilation album Balloon Party made its big return in July with many active musicians contributing. Balloon Party has always thrived around theming their albums, and so each of the 20 accepted tracks relates in some way to the idea of Fluttershy leading an expedition into the Everfree Forest as the group’s Woodland Guide.
The variety of music featured on the compilation is astounding – covering electronic and acoustic, vocal, vocal chops, and instrumental, as well as many, many different genres. With so many different contributing artists, there are a lot of creative takes on what kind of music and stories can be present through the theme. “Woodland Guide” is totally free for download, and it is a fantastic snapshot of what many fandom musicians sound like this summer!
Wandering Artist is back once again with another incredible collection of environments and medleys, seven in fact as part of their new album “At the end of the day”.
Originally developed as a radio drama soundtrack involving Sunny, inspired by long commutes to work as of late and how well radio shows can keep you company during those lonely drives, but “at the end of the day”, decided to just release it as music, allowing us to think of our own stories and contemplate on what Sunny did during her day while she finally gets a moment of respite!
Editor’s note: better late than never, right? (sorry Tron)
Following up on their 2019’s EP Luna’s Essence, Ponytronic brings you a day in the life of Princess Celestia’s royal duties as protector of Equestria! Ponytronic takes a different approach to express that through an album where Celestia is trying to figure out how not only to rule Equestria with her Sister Luna but aid her sister in re-adapting to modern Equestria. That is, however, not expressed in melodies that tell a story of struggle but these fitting beats of positively charged D&B and Drumstep tell a tale of overcoming challenges that Celestia takes on head-on! Have a listen!Continue reading
It’s here! The latest edition of lofi smol hors beats to relax/study to! Following their release party at the weekend, VibePoniez’ new album Downtown is available to download now. Featuring 30 songs, mostly oriented towards a chill / relaxed feel, the album showcases a variety of musicians from the fandom. And best of all? It’s free! You can get Downtown from VibePoniez’ Bandcamp and name your own price.
If you’re familiar with the fanmade MLP game, “Ambient.White,” you’ve probably enjoyed the beautiful orchestral soundtrack created by fandom maestro, Frozen Night. While the game awaits its official release, Frozen Night has whetted our appetite for more by posting individual tracks from the OST on his YouTube channel. Now, however, the full collection of tracks has officially been released for all to enjoy! The album features all tracks that were previously released, as well as brand new ones. In this article, I briefly mention a few of my favorite tracks from the album and give a recommendation or two, as well. Of course, I don’t want to spoil the whole album for you, so you’ll have to check out the rest for yourselves. Let’s jump in!Continue reading