NGADM Round 1 review.
First, I must say that this piece was incredibly impressive! Everything from the mixing, to the quality of the instruments, to the thoughtful, and meaningful spirit of this track is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, superb. Now...let's begin, yes?
Right from the get-go, we have a subtle, yet incredibly powerful introduction with that enchanting choir. When you combine those delightful voices with the emotional, tense strings, it creates a notion of both a soothing nature that happens to enthrall the listener at the same time. Wonderful! This sensation continues up until 0:39 when things become quite interesting. The percussion begins building perfectly with the pacing of the strings and woodwinds to create that sense of grandeur. The woodwinds are majestic. They float just above the other instruments in a fanciful sort of way, as if to give a nod to the title and motif of the song.
When we finally reach the end of the grand buildup and the climax of the song , everything seems far too compressed, you know? Particularly from 1:53 – 1:59. While this only lasts for a few seconds, when you compare it to the soft and delicate conclusion, there is a real imbalance. Regardless, the conclusion fits the song well.
Overall, this track is superb. I am looking forward to your next submission. Well done! :)