NGADM Round 1 review.
This is a detailed track. I mean really detailed. It is obvious that you poured your heart into this song. From the imaginative and personalized lyrics, to the progression of the song, to the quality. Everything was carefully thought through and masterfully executed. I have to give you major props on the vast level of creativity in this piece. Just out of curiosity, have you ever listened to 'The Main Drag'? This song sounds reminiscent of their work. Ultimately, this track still remains remarkably unique.
The introduction is nice and mellow, just right to set the mood for the rest of the song. I loved the crisp percussion (which is insanely varied by the way), such as the stick hits that you have assembled throughout the first portion of the track. The light breaks in percussion help amplify the significance of the airy pad that lurks in the background, which really brings out the theme of the track in a whole new way. Speaking of bringing out the theme, and to further reiterate my above statement, the lyrics are beyond creative. The way you whisper throughout the “Voice of Doubt” portion of the song (1:55 – 2:43) is absolutely chilling. Furthermore, that beautifully melodic synth that begins floating around at the 2:43 mark just blends so well with the rest of the instruments. It sounds quite magical!
There were really only two things that fazed me while listening to the track: the mixing and the vocals. Now don't get me wrong, both of these aspects of the song were rather quite good. However, since there was so much going on in this song, the overall mixing result sounded somewhat swamped at times. Everything sounded clear for the most part, but I think Step said it best when he stated that the vocals sounded “distant” and while it works in favour of the theme and approach, they could have been mixed better. While the vocals are good, they fall flat throughout the song on a few occasions, most notably throughout the “Voice of Mind” portions of the song. A prime example is on the line “Winter is calling me, and I.” The words 'winter', 'me', and 'I' are drawn out into long vocal notes which sound as if they are being sung outside of your vocal register. This happens again on the line “I cannot hear her speak, for I,”. Singing outside of your vocal range would be the reason why the notes sound flat when compared to the others. Perhaps by singing these words at a higher pitch or resonance would help rectify this issue, because to me it sounds like your voice could reach much higher notes. With all that being said, the vibrato on 'voice' is excellent! Other than that, I cannot see any other issues with this song.
Once again, I must say that the detail and hard work that you have put into this song is clearly evident. I would love to hear you write more stuff along this style and approach! Keep it up, my friend! :)