This is an NGADM Round 2 review.
Well, the first thing I was delighted to see was that this time you actually made a full-length idea, and not a small almost experimental track with little content. This is, in fact, entirely the other extreme. It's long and crammed full of sweet ideas and content! Other than a slight generic feeling I got from this track, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Some aspects of it are really professional-sounding, especially due to your clear mix, great interplay of different elements, and, of course, excellent instrument samples and sounds. For instance, 2:16, while being a pretty typical transitional element in this kind of music, sounded phenomenal, and what followed was a great 7/8 section with immaculate percussion work.
As I said, there are some great ideas here, full of detail that I can only truly appreciate when I turn my volume up. For example, I love the atmospheric pad you use at the beginning, the saw synth in the background 1:07, the way the brass staccato plays along with the percussion at 2:21, the many reverse effects you use in the track, and so on. I like how at 3:18 you, in a sense, brought all of the different ideas of the track together, such as the single notes of the piano from the very beginning and the drum beat from 1:07, all layered on top of your fast-paced background from 2:21. Solid composition overall, and immaculate atmosphere-building.
I'm not quite sure about the track's production. As I said above, to truly enjoy this track, I had to turn up the volume a lot. Surely enough, I checked your waveform, and the only form of mastering you seem to have done is a quick normalise at the end, because there's a lot of unused headroom due to a spike in the waveform at the very end which hit the normalising threshold. Even when I turn my volume up, I still feel that the instruments are all confined towards a limited range of frequencies and could've spanned a more expansive range of the mix. I'd like to feel more low-end boom from the drums and a sharper high-end.
This track is a bit lacking in production, despite being clear and pleasant to listen to, and it's a bit generic, but overall solid!