And then there is Long Season.
Their masterpiece, perfected, played in its entirety, as a closer.
This is one of the few compositions that I would describe as perfect. Flawless.
In my opinion, this song never gets less than spectacular. There isn't a single bad, mediocre, just ok moment. Everything is mind-blowingly awesome. If this was released as a stand-alone piece, I would give this a 10.
The track starts with a gentle guitar and a deep, warm bass, that play together, that play with each other, and with a little, contemplative synth.
After this intro, the main motif start. The instruments work perfectly with each other to build some gorgeous and satisfactory climaxes. The track slowly changes, evolves, with subtle changes in the instrumentation, in the melodies, in the layering. It even has a fantastic guitar solo.
Then we are introduced to the break of this track, its middle point, that contrasts the other two. I've gotta say that I didn't really liked it in the original Long Season, because it felt out of place, and it broke the atmosphere.
But here is perfect.
The ostinato piano melody continues playing, while its sound is slowly altered, and we have a fantastic drum solo, over an amazing ambient soundscape designed by synths and the sound of a million bells. It's almost transcendental. Scratch that, it is transcendental. It's hypnotic, it goes on for a long time, it takes you and it never lets you go, until it ends.
We are then introduced to the final, that uses the initial part to build something new, to build a flawless climax.
Everything returns here: the instruments are perfectly layered, and everything continues to change, to disappear, to return, creating a fantastic, changing, satisfactory wall of sound.