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Estavius ~ Vocal Ver.


Author Comments

Hey everyone. Troisnyx writing.

This was done as the musical part of a tribute to Epic Battle Fantasy, on its 10th anniversary, which falls on 1 May 2019 -- that day marks 10 years since EBF1 was submitted to Newgrounds. I had the opportunity of working together with Phyrnna again, a little more than half a year since we finished A Breeze From Home. Phy suggested either a medley of tracks, or a vocal version of Estavius, but we only had a month or so to finish from scratch given that the date almost slipped us all by -- and I went with Estavius. This track had already inspired me a fair few years prior, and I suppose it's no surprise now that it's time to revisit it and see what my current ability would yield. Phy wondered if the lyrics could take the direction of being happy to have journeyed with one's friends; I wrote accordingly.

I took heavy inspiration from my previous cover of Estavius (also in the left sidebar along with the original), but I also took heavy inspiration from certain Celtic folk songs that were heavy on the guitar. Scottish and Irish ones come to mind. In the days leading up to the making of this, I'd been hearing a lot of The Corries, The Clancy Brothers, John Denver and similar artists, who have been on Seán's listening list on Spotify, and the feel of this sort of folk song has been cemented in me.

Everything I did has only been a nod to Phy's already charming composition. There were many imperfections in the recordings, but Phy kept them -- and surprised me with how well they went.

There seriously needs to be a folk genre entry for Newgrounds. C'mon.

Phy: Composition, mix, master
Trois: Arrangement, lyrics, vox, melodica, guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, mandolin, Celtic harp, glockenspiel *CATCHES BREATH*



O, never have I dreamed that I would journey far and wide,
seeing new places and new faces beneath the same blue sky.
O, never have I dreamed that I would have you by my side,
that we're all bound to each other for all time.

Every battle where you've fought right beside me,
Every journey, there's the hand unknown that guides me,
and in my every dream you heal the woe that betides me;
you've all been the answer to my prayers:

O, never have I dreamed that we would be beneath the same stars
that once called out to greet us, like signposts on our way;
O, never have I dreamed that I would see you all again,
that I'd share this bittersweet drink with you today.

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10 of 10

The song is great, really liked the lyrics, was nice altogether with the other instruments. I especially liked the end, it was well done! And.... I am ashamed to have learnt today that a refrain is also called a refrain in English. Thanks for this and that, it's just magical

Troisnyx responds:

"Refrain" is a more archaic term that is used in folk, period, and liturgical music, the word that is otherwise used is "chorus."

Thank you for your kindness! 💖

Je parle français d'ailleurs~

the lyrics really brought this song to life (and the remixed instruments i guess)

Credits & Info


4.50 / 5.00

May 1, 2019
8:12 AM EDT
File Info
8.1 MB
3 min 32 sec
  • Audacity
  • DirectWave
  • FL Studio 20
  • Scarlett 2i2
  • Samson R21S

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