Wednesday, 26 October 2011
Review 11: Luna Deos - Makkon
OK. This song actually was at the top of my list for a long, long time. Makkon has long been one of my favourite music bronies, and will probably remain up there if he ever comes out with a new song! (One week is like a month in Brony Time (BT))
One of the greatest difficulties in reviewing this particular song is that it's so good. It's hard to nitpick and find the individual components of it's brilliance. And unlike my previous review, this is not a joke. This song is fantastic.
Read why after the break, I suppose.
A solemnly high violin plays us in with beautifully sliding notes, backed by a deep and rolling cello. Gliding through this bed of music for a short moment, the tune halts abruptly. Before pumping in deep base, accompanied once again by cello and violin. The newly added drum beats allow for more substance in the track, and the cello picks up once again.
What is demonstrated here is exactly what music is all about for me; the melding of tones, rhythm and beats to create something beautiful. Makkon manages to keep it interesting, while not jumping about. He shows great restraint and simplistic style, causing the listener to subconsciously sway with the track. The change in rhythm, causing a magnificently subtle build, causes me to pause each time I let the song play.
The thing about this song, is that it's so forceful, so moving, that I find it hard to put it into words. Music is, at its core, communal. The only exception to this fundamental law, is classical and orchestral compositions. Music like this is portrayed on a deeply personal level, making it the genre of choice for social recluses and geeks. While I am neither of these in the truest sense, I think everypony likes to be left alone sometimes. And while my tastes are as broad as Equestria's seven seas, it will always depend on what mood I am in.
It is songs like this, and composers like Makkon, that made me start this site in the first place. In the case of tracks such as these, I have to make sure I'm not planning on doing anything for the next 4 minutes, because I know I'll simply stop and listen. The way he makes this song stop and start several times throughout still makes me shiver. I know it's coming each time, I have every note in this song placed precisely in my head, but each time it's done, it's done with such force!
When I placed this at the top of my list at the start of the month, back when this site had 3 views, I was wondering whether it would hold up there, even for this length of time. So much content is poured out of this community, it's hard to be sure. I do skip this song when I am not in the mood for it, however, if I happen to leave it until it is halfway through, there is no way I will stop it. It's like a boulder tumbling down a great mountain, building in strength and stopping power the further it goes.
I think I might be rambling... I am very tired, and I think I should go to bed, but I haven't put a review up for a while now and I guess I felt I needed to write something down. I began this site one month ago because I wanted to put into words and share my experiences of music with the world, and now that I come to one of my favourite Pony Pieces, I can't seem to find the right words. Ah well, maybe I can make it a monthly thing: "Try and review Luna Deos without sounding like a twat" or something. Of course, in the description of Makkon's video for this song, he mentions that it is not complete, and one can certainly hear flaws, but although I await a reprise, I still appreciate the song as is. I will not tell Makkon to "Take his time" however, because I still wish for it as soon as possible.
A belated thank you to you who have followed us for one entire month, and a welcome to those just arriving. I'm always very pleased when I see that our comments are often made up of the very musical maestros I adore. Oh look! This has turned into a one-month-celebration post! I'm actually judging from when I threw this to Sethisto for an EqD Nightly Roundup, because I actually didn't put anything up until the day before then. Really I think this is approaching a month and a half since ownership... I dunno. I'm feeling oddly sentimental. And tired...
I'd better go to bed before I start revealing trade secrets and where the keys to Sonic30's cage are hidden...
Goodnight and thanks for reading. I suppose.
Still annoyed at myself for not being able to portray the immense feeling this song provokes, but- no. Bed. Yes.
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