NGAP 10TH ANNIVERSARY CONTEST REVIEW
Absolutely beautiful! You were one of the very first submitters and I don't know if it was because you spent a long time without stopping to make this masterpiece, or if you didn't spend that long on this track and are just NATURALLY BRILLIANT... or both... but whatever the case, you nailed this one.
The intro is gorgeous. I adore how subtly the guitar just edges its way into the track, but then you don't waste much time and introduce the drums which are very tastefully mixed (lovely snare in particular), and the vocals which are actually very well-sung! The atmosphere is ethereal and very smooth on the ears (unlike the original which does have its rough elements). The sounds are just great. You say this is an acoustic version and this leads me to think of a minimalistic guitar + vocals + drums kind of thing, but you make it a lot more than just that, and especially the mandolin tremolo at the end is such a great addition. Highly original!
I'm not finding it easy to mention that many errors. Pretty much the only gripe I have with this track is that the mix can get very drowned, undoubtedly due to the big amounts of reverb you're using. You mix it all quite well, and I have no doubt it's intentional since it creates a very dream-like atmosphere, but looking at it from an analytical perspective (rather than practically spacing out to it), it makes the song difficult to follow and quite similar throughout, whereas the original offers a better listening experience since while it does indeed focus a lot on atmosphere, it has tonnes of interesting sounds that pop out in the mix rather than just swimming in a hodge-podge of different sounds.
Honestly though, I have no idea how you'll be able to fix the error I mentioned without sacrificing the beautiful atmosphere you've got. You did a LOT of justice to the original track (and got me hooked on Kingbastard's music because I have to shamefully admit that I never heard any of his music before now). Bravo.