(Apologies for the very late review. Broken computer + moving into new apartment = QQ)
My oh my.
The subtle pad fade in and the guitar plucks. Love the whistle and guitar work meshing together. Immediately I get a very worldly, soaring, majestic feel from the sound. I almost thought the whistle was a flute at first! (I play the flute.) Mix is balanced, a bit on the quiet side which is good in this case. The drums introduced around 0:42 didn't cut through the bass end on your guitar that well, especially with that new mid string pad in the way. I do understand you meant to use the drums just to keep the rhythm in check and give the track a bit more of a push in terms of energy, but I do think the drums could use a volume boost and more precise eqing.
I like the change up in the chord progression around 1:43, I'm glad you didn't keep using the same from before. It helps to keep the feel of the majestic parts when they come back in around 2:04. In general, your track has a solid structure, great melodic variation and instrumental variation, and solid atmospheric feel. You did a great job, especially with this genre/style.
The reason I didn't give you a five was mainly because I feel that you could have done a lot more with the second chorus. It has a very similar feel to the first one with some slight changes in the mid string pad and the melodies, and I think if you had maybe even added some cool abrupt stops in the second iteration of the chord progression it would have given it such a nice change. What I mean is, after the chord progression goes through once and it starts again, each bar will play the drums and the synths through for three beats of the bar and the last one will stop on a drum, leaving the melody to push into the next bar on the fourth beat. I don't know if you exactly get it from here, but some thought into variation would have made this a five for me.
Great work, and keep it up. Cheers :)
NGAUC Finals review: 8/10