I have AT LAST gotten around to writing my in-depth analysis of your newest version of this track. Sorry for taking AGES. I got kind of overwhelmed with the amount of work I had to do these last few days. Thankfully, this track is just awesome, so I won't have a hard time reviewing it at all. But I'll try not to make my review full of praise.
As (I think) I said in the NGMT thread, this has a gorgeous intro with highly memorable chord changes. If I didn't say it, then I should have said it, since I think that this has the best intro from all the NGMT Round 2 tracks. That soft choir conveyed strong feelings of solitude, and almost sadness, with a slight tinge of suspense, and I love how the whole pace of the intro changed so well with the introduction of the staccato strings. As I said in the PM, I still think that the introduction of those staccato strings wasn't subtle enough, but I nevertheless enjoyed how they shifted the direction of the intro. And hey, the ending is awesome too. Nothing to complain about over there.
Really nice instrumentation. One of the things that remained stuck in my head after listening to this was how this has such a distinct ethnic quality with the choirs and the duduk especially. Plus, the duduk is my favourite non-standard woodwind instrument, so I loved listening to it. Your combination of the duduk and the more ambient, cinematic elements such as the strings in the latter section of the piece created this truly wonderful ambience, which I love.
The production is good. I mean, barring the fact that I had to turn the volume up to appreciate this song fully, you have a super dynamic mix, lots of reverb that works wonders for the atmosphere, and solid mixing of all the instruments. Plus, the instrument sample quality is through the roof and you use that to its full potential to make a track that sounds authentic and enveloping.
And my god, that buildup is so nice now. Your addition of low end elements, more powerful drums, and the huge 2:16 hit made it so much better than how it was in its preceding version. It's a very gradual buildup that becomes truly intense and exciting around the 2-minute mark. The way you built the track down right after that eargasm was neat too.
There's not much of a melody in this track. Like what often happens in tracks like these, I found myself longing for a more definable melody, especially in the latter section where the track focuses solely on creating ambience. However, your chords are still memorable and solid, so I can forgive you! What I think this tracks succeeds the most in is depicting imagery. Great atmospheres, mood changes, transitions between moods and all that jazz. Probably one of my favourite things about this track.
Yeah, this is fantastic. I don't have much else to say (except that your percussion is pretty darn awesome). Brilliant work - while I don't think this matches up to Labbaik in terms of enjoyment value, it's still an incredibly enjoyable and memorable track with awesome atmospheric value. Keep up the good work pls kthx.