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Crystal Winter

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Alex: This was originally an improvisation/composition (also known as a very unfinished collection of ideas for a composition that I winged while recording), dating back several months. I think I made it in April. My laptop that I use for all my music has had several issues recently (most of which are now fixed), so I never ended up doing anything with the piece. Thankfully, Jordi (@etherealwinds) liked it when we happened to re-listen to it, and worked some of his magic on the track! The result is what you're (presumably) listening to. Please enjoy ^____^

Jordi: After Alex's laptop had come back from repair, we listened to this together. I had first heard it back in April, but had forgotten its existence! I felt re-inspired to lay some vocals onto it and mixed it into a piano and vocal track :) hope you guys enjoy it.
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Lyrics:

Crystal snow, winter glow
Bitter winds cut through me
Ice of glass, hidden paths
Frozen life surrounds me

Areyai yaleai yareaiyo
Areyai yaleai yareaiyo

Though the snow falls, light still shines through
Reflecting the past, revealing a path
Even through this crystal winter, there is room for crimson warmth
Though these heavy snows fall on me, I will walk into the storm

Araye alaye
Yarae iya

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I don't really see a point in "reviewing" this other than to allow you two to know how enjoyable this is for me. I don't know what Areyai yaleai yareaiyo is, but it's sung beautifully. The tone and mood in the piano and the vocal harmonies are all so perfect.
This embodies the art of subtlety and beauty in the smallest details of life that we overlook.
prayer for the wandering soul
so perfect

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Thank you for the warm words ^ ^
I'm really glad you enjoyed it! Jordi's singing is beautiful indeed, and adds so much to the atmosphere in this piece. It's funny, because Jordi feels like I made the main part of the piece, whereas I feel like his vocals are the element that elevates it. It's such a different sound with just the piano, and personally, I definitely prefer it with Jordi's voice and his lyrics :3

etherealwinds responds:

Hey Phono, thanks so much for listening and leaving your thoughts. Sometimes, I just want to express emotional feelings with my voice, but attaching words to what I want to express doesn't really do it justice - sounds and syllables do! I think the first time I started singing that way must have been in 2011 or so, and I've found myself utilising this way of expressing myself more and more often as time has gone by. I consider it to be a strand of 'Etherean' which is what I call it when I sing in my own little language, but I also created some basic grammatical rules and a vocabulary dictionary for when I do find the desire or need to actually have something translatable. <3

I like the light and graceful tone at the beginning and the rich atmosphere. The piece has a great emotional appeal and a nice spaciousness in the mix. The vocals are brilliant, if a little breathy for my tastes at times. The lyrics themselves are beautiful, and the rich texture really falls together by around 1:34. I really like the extended piano solo before the short, final vocal phrase. The piece has a nice and uplifting vibe overall, and the production quality is fantastic. Keep up the great work, guys! ^_^

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Thanks for the review!
I am really amazed by how quickly Jordi was able to come up with and record the vocals for the track. He also added some more reverb on the piano, I think, which gave way for this amazing atmosphere. Personally, I love the breathiness, as I feel like it fits the wintery feel really well. It's interesting that you liked the piano interlude, whereas SplatterDash thought there could've been vocals there. I guess that goes to show how different taste can be, even regarding dynamics :)
It's also interesting that you find the piece mostly uplifting, and JessieYun feels some sad undertones. I really appreciate hearing everyone's thoughts; it's almost like conducting small-scale research, haha :'D
Keep up the great work, you too!

Glad to be able to hear your composition again! This is wonderful piece, gives me a bit of a sad "Edelweiss" vibe into it. I don't know why, but I think it's because it's so beautiful! You guys should do more vocal collaboration like this!

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

That's an interesting comparison, but I can hear what you mean with the soft tones of Jordi's voice! I also see the similarity with the tone having a hint of sadness, despite the beauty. We're planning on collaborating a loooooot, so no worries on that front ^____^
Thank you for listening, and for leaving your thoughts!

Ho-ly snap. I really enjoyed this piece; it's so calming and elegant, and it feels like a folk song mixed with something out of Bambi. Everything used in here accounted for this really wonderful imagery of a winter sky, and the fact that it's so simple and yet so powerful makes it all the more amazing. I felt so cozy listening to this, and each listen enhanced that further. The vocals are wonderful, especially considering it's not just one voice, but quite a few, giving it this ethereal (no pun intended) feeling, which is something that's hard to get in music nowadays. And that chord at the end... it solidifies the deal of this entire piece.
There's one small nitpick I have, and it's personal preference more than a general thing: at the section from 2:35 to 3:08, I feel that some soft vocals could be added there, as it felt to me that it was kinda naked on that part without voices. Plus, small voices in that part could help lead into 3:08 when the main vox comes back in.
Honestly, though, this is a really amazing piece. This is for sure going in the favorites pile. Amazing job LSD and ethe!

etherealwinds responds:

Thank you SD! Something out of Bambi - made me smile haha. I just had the idea of having some crackling fire ambience at some part now, to add to that cozy feel. I can totally see it working either way you mentioned! The particular reason I chose to let that part not have vocals was to let the composition breathe a little. The piano was allowed to shine in the intro, but then after that until 2:35, there wasn't really any part of it where the piano wasn't more than an accompaniment. I thought it an appropriate place for the piano to shine through again and for the vocals to take a rest :) the vocals that come in at 3:08 are quite subtle and in the background, so I didn't feel they needed any lead-in (the fact that they're a repetition of the earlier part at 1:14 also sort of set this second part up!)

Anyway I hope my explanation gives you some clarity on what I was thinking when I arranged it together! Thanks so much for favouriting it, and LSD is sat next to me also very thankful.

Thank you for taking the time to write an in-depth review, they're always welcome. Hope you're well SD!

So incredibly pretty. The highs are so delicate, like the frozen petals of a flower. It would have been a shame to let this musical composition fade into the mists of obscurity, and while I know that that can happen at whiles for one reason or another, I'm really glad that you and Jordi were inspired to finish this together.

I've done several Winter-themed tracks myself, so I have no trouble understanding the appeal. This piece truly embodies that feeling of gentle beauty that exists within a glistening blanket of snow and ice. A sense of calmness and serenity in the hush it brings to the outside world. Thank you for sharing.

etherealwinds responds:

Thank you so much for a lovely review! You're always so kind and it really means a lot, I'm glad you enjoyed it so much. Thank you for listening and always being so supportive, from the both of us :)

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Uploaded
Sep 2, 2019
3:47 PM EDT
Genre
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3 min 59 sec
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