Okay, first of all, DANG this is a GOOD song! Let me point out why:
I could already hear (before even reading the description that you went for a particularly different style here. One to completely overturn what you usually do. I love that you try new things in a completely different style, in a completely different genre.
I can hear the experimentations in your work, and they work really well, from the distant and subtle whistle, with some softly attacking pads based under it. You can really sense a build towards a point. The buildup is unpredictable and challenging, which is a really strong point about this song.
Then the rhythm comes in, and I was SOLD. Distorted/glitched up bass with bit crushed rides/crashes that somehow sound way better into place than I ever thought they would be, and a nice, seemless switching between triol and solid beats?! Now that's creativity. I fucking loved every single bit of this part. When the cinematic climate entered, I was left in awe, closing my eyes like you told me to do by the end of this song, which I will get to in just a minute.
I feel like the pacing in this track could use some work, and by that I mean not even that much of a change. Each individual section is masterfully done in it's own. But they just don't cohese too well though. I think that's what you wanted to reach with unpredictability (which is certainly a characteristic about music that I can really fall in love with), but I feel like they're a bit too disjointed, as if you shifted different parts together and moved them to form a puzzle. Maybe making them flow into each other more smoothly may make it sound a bit better.
But that ENDING! I did not see that coming. The last two minutes of this track couldn't have been better. The piano and a dark whoosing bass/pad playing each other out beautifully make for an excellent experience. Not only is it of excellent idea, but also of execution. It's calming, and feels like you're put to rest after a long, exhausting, but beautiful journey. The wind blowing as an extra side track really captures the feeling (which is already something you're really good at), and makes for an incredibly satisfying ending, slowly fading into darkness.
Overall, I'm feeling a 9.8/10 for this. The only downside that I could find about this song wasn't even a big downside. The crafting, the mastering, the emotion, and especially the unpredictability that you put into this piece really make it a standout for me, and one of my favourite track that I have ever heard on first listen.
-Big thumbs up