Nice...and peaceful first minute
I see that you've put a lot of effort into this. :) I love the vocal also. Her voice has a very calming effect.
The things I want to recommend you to improve the work are the following:
- Percussions, especially, the ride, sounds explicitly daunted...and sharp. It doesn't blend well with either vocals and other instruments. In fact, it prevents me to listen to the song peacefully. Adjusting EQ will help a lot. :)
- The vocals. Her voice when sung together is sometimes off-pitched and confuse one another's melody, to be honest. Could be improved a lot more. :)
- Strings and pad played in the background is somehow competing with the vocals....In short, it's loud and too much reverbed.
I like this song a lot in the beginning because it's simple and clear, but as you try to bring a lot of reverbs and instruments to compete themselves on who to lead the song forward, it sounds too complicated and dizzy to listen to. Pick one thing and lead your song with that. This song would be so beautiful.
I'm sorry if I give a harsh comment though.
Thank you very much for your input! Creating a song for vocals from scratch is certainly a weakpoint of mine and currently working hard to get better for the singer's sake, since she's nice enough to hang out with me and my compositions. lol