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sounds cryptic haha! maybe you know something that i don't :) thanks for the rating!
Oh wow...I knew this matchup would be good. Excellent sense of atmosphere at the beginning. Something about the inflection of the vocals makes them seem religious in a way - they just carry an amazing amount of power, partly due to the reverb. The layering at :15 is great, and I also like the lyrics themselves, simplistic though they are. The injection of energy at :40 caught me a little off guard, and the volume/filtering automation at :38 with the vocals was both unnatural-sounding and lazy as a transition IMO. I think it would be a little more subtle to have some of the instrumental elements of :40 bleed into the texture gradually. Maybe it’s just me, but the electronic texture there was not what I was expecting at all. I like the vocals as they start to make their way into the texture again, and the sub-bass was a nice touch. The melodies at 1:38 are also pretty cool. Your instruments always blend so well together, and I appreciate the full, well-balanced texture here. I wish you had added a bit more structural variety later in the piece - it has a sense of continuous energy from the 1-minute mark to 3:30, and I would’ve liked to see you create more dynamic contrast in there. My reaction to :40 was overblown, but you also have another transition at 3:32 that could’ve been a bit smoother. The flute at 3:34 also was a bit of a sudden addition to the texture - I’m generally skeptical of instruments that are introduced for the first time during the last 30 seconds of a piece. Overall, the sound design and atmosphere really won me over with this piece. The production quality is also quite strong. I’ve nitpicked a lot at some of the structural elements here, but the melodic content, mastering, and rather unique instrumentation are all huge boons of the piece. Keep it up, Etherealwinds! ;)
You have the best harmonies in this competition. To the fact that you can sing all of the parts in this is a pretty good display of talent. Oh that flute. Is that recorded? It's sounds so real.
Lovely work. Love the voice as usual ;)
This one is very surprising! I first thought what a wonderful choir/part-writing you got going on in the beginning, and the electronic elements came in were a nice idea. Something quite different as I didn't expect it, but it makes sense. You have quite an ear for arrangements and a knack of what sounds pleasing. In terms of the structure, again, I find no fault in this as this really is well-rounded. Much respect-- quite impressed with the quality of your singing, structure, production, and composition! I can keep returning to this piece and continue finding something new upon each listen.
I know I already told you this, but this is one of my favorite songs of your making!
I aprpeciate the fact that you went somewhat out of your comfort zone to create this wonderful mixture. I think that trying to reflect on your own style, adapting to new things as well as making use of critique is a great feature to have. It's also one of the main reasons I enjoy competitions of this sort, which can cause a drive for it!
Personally I think that the final mix is very good. The arrangement is interesting, and the structure is solid. While I like your longer pieces too, I think the length fits this one quite perfectly :)
As you probably already know, I'm a huge fan of that lead at 2:54 :D
Finally, props for all the different rhythmic elements you've managed to include in this track. All the different elements blend in beautifully together, to create something that makes for a fantastic listen.
Great job, and best of luck <3
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