VGMC, 8-Bit Wandering: "Holding on dearly" Review
Incredibly groovy song! It definitely matches the story you've set it to. I think you've created a very well-rounded tune; there are things to love about every facet of this song. While the song isn't too ambitious in its composition, the melodies you employ throughout the piece are memorable and catchy, and the chords they rest upon always complement them wonderfully. The sounds you choose throughout this piece are so full of detail: the breaks you chop up have so much texture to them, the synths each have their own distinct tonality (I particularly appreciate the fill they feature in at 1:26), and the alternate percussion, like the 808s at 0:52 and the clockwind-y sound at 1:10 keep the song fresh. The production of this is also stellar, the only gripe I have is with 1:28's main snare being a bit over-compressed.
I think my main issue with this song is that it isn't doesn't adhere to the theme of the contest nearly as much as most of the other entries. The only retro elements I can pinpoint are it being synthwave, and maybe the filtering of the synth at the very end? While I can appreciate the retro-ness of synthwave itself, it hasn't really played a noticeable role in video games' history, with its most noticeable inclusions in games cropping up within the 20th century. This is the main thing I'm docking points for - I think the song itself is really great outside of the context of this contest.
Despite its shortcomings in theme, I still really adore this entry! There are very few flaws I can gather from it. Keep it up! :)