Real smooth, really strikes a chord with me
On a completely personal level, I've been frustrated by the songs that have been on the front of the NGAP lately, the majority of them being poorly produced EDM tracks. I normally don't like the ambience here either, considering that it's mostly just a bunch of amateurs overloading overused FL pad presets and setting the tempo at 40. But this track here man is a GEM.
The pad texture that you use throughout is incredibly deep and warm, and the progression is soo beautiful. To me, it's a perfect soothing background once I get home from a hectic day of work like today. Sequence and buildup was handled really well. Great job with the percussion spacing and I like the combination of the shakers, hats, and jinglebells. some great spices in here. Some interesting polyrhythms in here, love the overlapping ideas and variating tempos on the top of the brilliant texture.
I was totally expecting some synth leads in here so when the guitars came it was quite unexpected, but totally refreshing. They added a real vibrance to compliment with the lush deep pads. The tone is perfect, it's crisp, yet not too sharp or drowned with reverbed that it grabs too much unnecessary attention, hut rather it fits the background like a glove.
Normally for a track like this I would say add a lead melody, but that would only detract from the track IMO. just let the textures and subtle bits do their job together to create some of the best ambience :) the only part I wasn't fond of was the xylophone or whatever tiny mallet percussion instrument you used, the melody didnt seem to gel with the backing textures so well. But on the third listen, I definetly appreciated it more. The instrument and melody it carries is a perfect spark to make me reminisce of my childhood moments, and can't we all agree that back then were the better days? ;)