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Ambient Highways

by Keith Richie

A mix of soothing and relaxing original ambient and symphonic electronica.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Neutrino
7:41 $0.99
2. V Feeling
5:39 $0.99
3. Xenogenesis
6:26 $0.99
4. Ambient Highways
6:52 $0.99
5. Weeping Angels
6:53 $0.99
6. Faith's Song (Ptilopteri Waltz)
5:22 $0.99
7. Arctic Shores
6:38 $0.99
8. Dew from the Mourning Star
5:10 $0.99
9. Keeping the Dream Alive
5:11 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Ambient Highways pushes my 'this is awesome' button each time I listen" - Sean P. McDonough

Ambient Highways represents some of the best music yet by electronic musician Keith Richie.

Starting with Neutrino and its particle like sequences that rise and fall through out the track and then being thrown immediately into a 1940's noir like state with V Feeling (a homage to the classic Greek composer Vangelis), you won't feel as if this album is repetitive at all.

The albums title song Ambient Highways comprises lush pads and a soft melody surrounding the listener in a blanket of symphonic electronica.

Additional songs on this release range from a melancholy like feeling to an exuberant state in their overall composition, yet pulls the listener through theses emotions with the albums crescendoing track Keeping The Dream Alive.

"…the overall result of the songs and the layout of Ambient Highways has resulted in a very relaxing and thoroughly excellent experience. Each song building on the last progressively throughout the album as it plays, the music continually finds itself to a wide-array of energies and emotions and never loses the listener by becoming ‘over-ambient.’ Through a massive presence & subtle-personality to each of these creations, Ambient Highways retains a charming & captivating magic all the way through. Entirely enjoyable." - Jer@SBS http://sleepingbagstudios.ca/keith-richie-ambient-highways/

"Ambient Highways pushes my 'this is awesome' button each time I listen" - Sean P. McDonough http://www.amazon.com/review/R3EC8KWC3SVZZX/ref=cm_cr_dp_title?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B013D6ITAA&channel=detail-glance&nodeID=163856011&store=dmusic

If you're looking for some ambient-style music that is relaxing and easy to listen to, then check out Ambient Highways.



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One World Music Radio

Ambience in perfection
This is one of the most amazing ambient albums I have had the pleasure to listen to for some time and it part took me back many years to my first taste of the genre with the likes of Vangelis and Jarre. Here Richie doesn’t only do himself proud; he excels in a sumptuous delight of some of the finest electronic music since those times.
The opening track is called Neutrino, this is a composition to be admired; its smooth delightful approach bodes well for our onward musical journey.
V Feeling is simply awesome, this is a sublime homage to the great man Vangelis and is layered with a sensual delicacy, it’s hard not to find memory of green hidden in the weave as well.
Xenogenesis is a slice of EM that is undeniably brilliant, again a tender ebb and flow and underpinned within is a melody that deserves a multitude of listens.
Ambient Highway’s the track is an outstanding Carpenter styled composition that has a wonderful vast soundscape, but always has that underpinned sense of caution built with in it, this is one gorgeous title track.
Weeping Angels opens with a superb long droning refrain, but upon this track there is an almost symphonic quality, and the music has a sense of sadness that runs through the composition. This is a dark arrangement that has a motif of deep beauty, a very clever piece indeed.
Faith’s Song (Ptilopteri Waltz). There was something rather moody here that for some reason musically dragged me back in time, the symphonic essence was still there, but the energy seemed to dance to its own tune.
Artic Shores starts out with the sounds of the ocean, Richie becomes a virtual artist, painting us a musical soundscape and doing it all with such a level of care and attention it has to be admired.
Dew from the Mourning Star is the penultimate track off the album, this is one beautifully layered composition that seems to float like dew on an early morning summers day, but written deep within the weave of the composition, the light from a distant star falls down upon the world with a mournful refrain.
Finally we arrive at the last port of call on our journey with Keith Richie. What a wonderful way to finish the album, leaving the listener with a sense of positivity and calm, Keeping the Dream Alive is a track that floats majestically and what a beautiful journey this has been.
Ambient Highway’s is a release that has captured my heart and mind and I am sure that it will yours as well, the production quality, the care and attention to detail on this release is top notch, it’s so very good to see that the traditions of Tomita, Jarre and Vangelis are paid homage here and this is a musician who has such a love of his music, who knows, one day his name may well be up there with them. Ambient Highway’s is an album that I have no problem at all recommending you purchase, in fact, you would be remiss if you hesitated.

Candice Michelle

Review from Journeyscapes Radio
Few things are as delightful as when a truly remarkable ambient-electronic album crosses my path, and listening to Keith Richie’s “Ambient Highways” is about as sublime as it gets. Visually interpreted by what just may be the coolest album artwork I’ve seen in a while, “Ambient Highways” takes the listener on a fascinating voyage from start to finish. Although not derivative, notable comparisons can be drawn to Tangerine Dream, Christopher Franke, John Carpenter, Vangelis and Carbon Based Lifeforms, all of whom Keith cites as musical influences.

Like laser and neon lights flickering and racing across the dark, "Neutrino” opens the album with bubbling sequencers, lush chords, intricately layered textures, and sparse piano sounds. Driven by pensive emotion, this melodically dynamic piece is nonetheless definitively ambient. The mood continues into “V Feeling”, a piece that begins with harp-like strings, followed by vintage and modern instruments, some of which move to the forefront while others remain in the background. Next is the breathtaking “Xenogeneis”, which beautifully unfolds like a spiraling galaxy. This piece in particular exemplifies the album’s overall lonesome, observational quality of being one small person in not just a big world – but a limitless, unknown universe – a sensation that is conveyed throughout. Although it’s nearly impossible to pick a favorite, “Weeping Angels” is especially noteworthy; its title possibly referring to the “Dr. Who” series. However, unlike the Weeping Angels of the popular science-fiction television show, there is nothing terrifying about this piece – although haunting it certainly is! Beginning with a windy drone that gives way to emotionally-stirring chord progressions and a melody reminiscent of a cosmic lullaby, the composition feels like an arrival of sorts. The slightly faster-paced “Keeping the Dream Alive” concludes the album, characterized by gurgling angelic voices and alternating sequencers. An optimistic feeling of moving towards a new destination is conveyed, like catching the first glimpse of early-morning sunlight.

Nestled perfectly in-between sequencer-based electronic and atmospheric space music, “Ambient Highways” is an exemplary display of just how alive and emotionally-riveting electronic music can be. Although possessing a pronounced cinematic quality throughout, the compositions never become overwrought, instead maintaining a contemplative ambience and ever-present melancholy. An amazing headphone experience that transpires like a personal sojourn of self-reflection and external wonder, “Ambient Highways” has quickly become a personal favorite of mine. This album is an absolute must-have for fans of ambient, classic electronic, modern electronica and soundtrack music!