This is an NGADM Round 1 Review
I can't stress how beautiful your melodies and harmonies are. You have some of the most impressive compositional talents I've heard from anyone on Newgrounds. The melodies you compose are always so sensible and structurally sound, and yet they're chock full of emotion and memorability. There's absolutely no exception to this fact in this track. Your piano flows beautifully and the bassline melds really well with it, to the point that this doesn't feel entirely like a standard piano solo with accompaniment, but a conversation between multiple instruments. In this light, you really impressed me, and got a lot of points for it.
I'm afraid what really didn't do it for me this time is the mixing. The bass felt very detached from the rest of the mix for some reason, and the piano felt held back/drowned out. In addition to that, I don't really enjoy your bass sample. I also feel like the track overall could do with some more reverb, the piano in particular. Finally, as stunkel mentioned, the drums could've popped a bit more. Those are all my complaints about the mixing/sound quality. As for composition, my only issue is the fadeout ending. I can appreciate that kind of ending as a stylistic choice to imply a sense of continuity, but over here it felt less like that and more like a cop-out to a proper ending. I'd have gone for a piano solo ending which dies down gradually in dynamic and ends on some really neat chord.
Complaints aside, this is a wonderful piece of music that I truly did enjoy. It has a sense of drive and forward motion that resonates well with what you wrote in your author's comments. I hope you enjoyed taking part in the contest, and it's been a pleasure as always!