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EP REVIEW: Mary Bichner & Planetary Quartet — Now the Spell is Broken

ibelieveinitmiracleromance:

So first of all, another thank you to marybichner to letting me have an advanced copy of her EP! What a wonderful superstar friend I have. 

Second of all, make sure you all download your own copy on October 27th! You can find information about it here.

Mary is a fantastic composer and this EP really serves to highlight all of her amazing skills. She’s got a beautiful voice and the wonderful talent of being able to convey not only emotions through her music, but entire stories. From start to end, you can just feel that there is a story being told through this EP. And I think it’s a story that we can all identify with in some respect, whether we’re familiar with what inspired it or not.

Now the Spell is Broken" expresses the various emotions and thoughts that different characters throughout the final season of the original Sailor Moon anime, Sailor Stars, feel.

It begins with “Throw Stones"— a song that Mary had released earlier with an accompanying music video. This song is told from the perspective of Sailor Galaxia. I won’t go too far into the story because I’m sure most of you are familiar with that. But as the song progresses, you can really get a sense of how Galaxia’s inner turmoil continues to grow, and how she has begun to lose control of herself. It’s a hauntingly beautiful song that makes use of the beauty of stringed instruments to convey Galaxia’s feelings.

The next song “Lost”, is the Sailor Starlights’ lamentations as they search for a place to go after the destruction of their home planet. They’re dealing with all sorts of feelings— regret, hope, loss, anxiety— and these really come through well in the song. Without even listening to the words you can get a sense of their complex emotions. This song also has a sense of space to it, by which I mean it feels as though the three characters are actually standing around you. Because of that I’d recommend listening to it with headphones in, so it feels like they’re right there. 

Incense Burner Lullaby" gives us a glimpse of Princess Kakyuu’s experiences as she remains safe within the incense burner. She seems to be offering Usagi comfort. They can understand each other in many ways, after all. But it’s also rather sad. She has, after all, abandoned her own planet in seek of the light that she hopes Usagi will be able to bring. This song doesn’t really use any instruments, so it really does have that authentic lullaby feel!

Then, at last, we have the “Finale”! Here we get to experience Usagi calling to us as though we were Galaxia, lost within ourselves. This song is very hopeful. It starts off with a heavy piano focus, which always feels uplifting to me. As it builds up to the conclusion, we can imagine their hands at last touching as the music begins to swell, the strings joining in. 

Overall I truly enjoyed the EP! I’m not exaggerating at all when I say that I have been listening to it on repeat since I first downloaded it. It’s quite calming music to listen to and certainly has helped me to improve my mood! 

I think one of the things I like most about it is that while it has an overarching narrative, you can also very easily listen to each song on its own without feeling that you are listening to just a small part of a larger whole. But neither does it seem to be lacking transitions when listened to all together. It’s a really difficult balance to achieve I think, and Mary and the Quartet managed to do it remarkably well! 

Good job Mary <3 I am sure we will only be hearing more and more about you! 

21 October 2014 · 5 notes


marybichner:

ibelieveinitmiracleromance:

Take this happy ending from my mouth
there is nothing left to talk about

So… I don’t know why but I suddenly got the desire to make something based off of marybichner's amazing song “Throw Stones”, which was inspired itself by Sailor Galaxia. 

So I made this!

REBLOGGING THIS BECAUSE I LOVE THIS AND KATIE IS THE RADDEST!

Video for “Throw Stones” is HERE, and info on the EP (coming out on Oct 27th, YAY!) is HERE! <3 <3

Maryyyyy I’m not the raddest you are <3 

MAKE SURE YOU ALL CHECK OUT THE SONG AND HER EP ON THE 27TH 

IT IS AMAZINGGGGG

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21 October 2014 · 61 notes


EP REVIEW: Mary Bichner & Planetary Quartet — Now the Spell is Broken

So first of all, another thank you to marybichner to letting me have an advanced copy of her EP! What a wonderful superstar friend I have. 

Second of all, make sure you all download your own copy on October 27th! You can find information about it here.

Mary is a fantastic composer and this EP really serves to highlight all of her amazing skills. She’s got a beautiful voice and the wonderful talent of being able to convey not only emotions through her music, but entire stories. From start to end, you can just feel that there is a story being told through this EP. And I think it’s a story that we can all identify with in some respect, whether we’re familiar with what inspired it or not.

Now the Spell is Broken" expresses the various emotions and thoughts that different characters throughout the final season of the original Sailor Moon anime, Sailor Stars, feel.

It begins with “Throw Stones"— a song that Mary had released earlier with an accompanying music video. This song is told from the perspective of Sailor Galaxia. I won’t go too far into the story because I’m sure most of you are familiar with that. But as the song progresses, you can really get a sense of how Galaxia’s inner turmoil continues to grow, and how she has begun to lose control of herself. It’s a hauntingly beautiful song that makes use of the beauty of stringed instruments to convey Galaxia’s feelings.

The next song “Lost”, is the Sailor Starlights’ lamentations as they search for a place to go after the destruction of their home planet. They’re dealing with all sorts of feelings— regret, hope, loss, anxiety— and these really come through well in the song. Without even listening to the words you can get a sense of their complex emotions. This song also has a sense of space to it, by which I mean it feels as though the three characters are actually standing around you. Because of that I’d recommend listening to it with headphones in, so it feels like they’re right there. 

Incense Burner Lullaby" gives us a glimpse of Princess Kakyuu’s experiences as she remains safe within the incense burner. She seems to be offering Usagi comfort. They can understand each other in many ways, after all. But it’s also rather sad. She has, after all, abandoned her own planet in seek of the light that she hopes Usagi will be able to bring. This song doesn’t really use any instruments, so it really does have that authentic lullaby feel!

Then, at last, we have the “Finale”! Here we get to experience Usagi calling to us as though we were Galaxia, lost within ourselves. This song is very hopeful. It starts off with a heavy piano focus, which always feels uplifting to me. As it builds up to the conclusion, we can imagine their hands at last touching as the music begins to swell, the strings joining in. 

Overall I truly enjoyed the EP! I’m not exaggerating at all when I say that I have been listening to it on repeat since I first downloaded it. It’s quite calming music to listen to and certainly has helped me to improve my mood! 

I think one of the things I like most about it is that while it has an overarching narrative, you can also very easily listen to each song on its own without feeling that you are listening to just a small part of a larger whole. But neither does it seem to be lacking transitions when listened to all together. It’s a really difficult balance to achieve I think, and Mary and the Quartet managed to do it remarkably well! 

Good job Mary <3 I am sure we will only be hearing more and more about you! 

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ahh I ended up getting way too tired to make the review post on Mary’s EP, I’ll write it up tomorrow though!

20 October 2014 · 2 notes


I’m listening to marybichner's EP now! You all are in for a real treat when it comes out!!! I'm just going to listen to it on repeat for my entire hour long train ride home.
And when I get home I’ll make a review post about it~

20 October 2014 · 1 note


elysionkisses whispered,

Hey, just thinking of Chibi-Usa and her Senshi - Do you think it's unfair that Princess Serenity got her guardians from birth while Chibi-Usa had to wait nearly a thousand years for hers? If Chibi-Usa had her guardians sooner, i think it would have save her a lot of heartache - considering how lonely she was before she travelled to the past. Just my thoughts...


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It may have been helpful in some ways for her to have her guardians sooner like Princess Serenity did. But at the same time, I think she learned quite a lot by being on her own. If she had them from birth, she may not have learned how to fight on her own. She may not have considered going back in time to find Sailor Moon to help her mom. 

Further, it’s important to remember that in the present life, the one where Sailor Moon exists (in the past there was only Princess Serenity, remember), Usagi didn’t have her guardians from birth either. She fought on her own for a while first. While it may not have been almost 1000 years like it was for Chibiusa, Chibiusa did have Sailor Moon’s guardians as well as her parents supporting her throughout that time while at the start Usagi did not have any of that, and didn’t even have her memories.

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