This is insane! I'm a little embarrassed that I hadn't discovered this gem until, now, but better late than never right? I've been a pretty big silent supporter of your music since your cover of Viking Arena, but this song is worthy of the highest praise imaginable - so I'm gonna try and give that.
All of the sound effects are top notch, and even when they are totally abrupt and unexpected, they still feel natural just because of the nature of the song. I don't think anyone else would be able to pull that off.
Right from the beginning, the lullaby gives just the best vibes. The vocals are so clean, the lyrics are a little unsettling but the melody is jovial. The whole thing gives me feels similar to That's Not How the Story Goes at the end of the first season of A Series of Unfortunate Events.
The transitions are just pure gold, I don't know how else to say it.
Now suddenly at 1:08 it's a beautiful arrangement of strings and various orchestral elements, and it's nothing short of inspirational. I don't think anyone would be able to listen to it and not feel overflowing amounts of happiness. The "boing" sound effect is just fabulous.
And up until 2:11, you enter this different realm where you know there's a story being told but you're not quite sure what any of it means. It just like there's something so much bigger and better than yourself happening in your presence, and you're just along for the ride. I love the cellos as well!
WOAH, now it's suddenly the 1960s and we've stumbled into a night club. Put on a plaid shirt and some drainpipes because we gonna dance! Hardcore piano, big brass, upbeat percussion; what more could you ask for? Oh yeah, how 'bout some signature Miyolophone clarinet! (I sure hope that's clarinet and I didn't just look like an idiot lol.)
2:41... Elevator music? Yeah. Elevator music. Epic.
Now comes along 2:53 which I honestly wouldn't enjoy very much if it were just a standalone song. Too hardcore for me. But I love it in context with the rest of the song because of how completely random and weird it is. Its context with the rest of the song is that it has no context with the rest of the song, and I love that!
3:23 rolls along, and this might be my favorite part of the song. Just this tiny slip of the beginning melody from the lullaby, as heard from a tape or other old-timey recording device. Just before it, you hear gunshots, and then someone waking up with a gasp. Then just after it, we get massive modern synths. Definitely starting to notice the passage of time in this song. Does this song perhaps represent a timeline of someone's life? Are they a time traveler? What does the lullaby mean to them? I swear this song could be made into a movie!
And if that last part wasn't my favorite, the huge Madeon-esque synths at 3:26 might just be. They're absolutely stunning. And with the cool effects and snippets from previous segments? It's incredible. It all comes together at 4:12 to create this amazing experience. Listening to this song is a journey, and this is the final destination. This is Madeleine when she finally reaches the top of Celeste Mountain. And it's all topped off with some elegant piano...
Needless to say, I think you've officially ruined music for me for the rest of my life because I don't think anything anyone else will be able to produce will ever top this. Only you can. Never stop what you're doing, because it's truly something special. I'd demand that you keep improving if I thought that were possible, but I'm not sure if it is.
-A random fan