Above & Beyond ft. Richard Bedford - On My Way to Heaven [2011]

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This track stood out while I was listening to Group Therapy. Loved the beautiful strings and melancholic vibe. It quickly became one of my A&B favorites!

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Acoustic version performed live (non-trance)
 

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After hearing this for a few days and listening to the live version...
This is easily one of the best trance tracks of the 2010s. It is truly modern. It does not appeal to nostalgia (Gouryella, Dimension, Numb the Pain). It bypasses the hard tech-trance kick (literally all of 2010s tech-trance). Its structure resembles real music rather than formulaic build-up/breakdown/climax. It uses zero pluck melodies, and instead relies on string, vocals, a piano, and very minor synths.
Creating a track like On My Way to Heaven takes serious talent, and I commend Above & Beyond for creating this masterpiece.