Keith Richie | For the Willow Wept… (Sunrise Edition)

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For the Willow Wept… (Sunrise Edition)

by Keith Richie

Contains songs comprising the ambient/new-age realm of the music spectrum. Some reminiscent of earlier Vangelis works. Each song is its own island, though, and there are variations in style from song-to-song.
Genre: Electronic: Chill out
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1. Little Angels
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2. Missing You Between Lucid Dreams
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3. Father Time
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4. Sea Dragon
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5. Over the Horizon
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6. Homeless
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7. For the Willow Weeps Underneath the Stormy Skies
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8. Minor Setback
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9. Restlessness
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10. Winnowing Breeze
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This edition of my album For The Willow Wept…, holds a special place in my heart. The original version of the album was released in 2012, however it took me 4 years to get to that point.

During those 4 years before its release, I was living on an emotional roller coaster and I found it extremely difficult to try to sit and compose new music. When I did, I would play a few notes; jot down an idea; replace a couple of voices in a song and then walk away after only about 10-15 minutes. It would then be weeks or months before I had enough courage to try it once again. There were way too many things going on in my life at the time, and I found it extremely difficult to concentrate on music. When I finally did return to it, I would fall into a deep depression. Suffice it to say, that’s probably why the album floats between highs and lows throughout.

In late 2011 and early 2012, I began to take back control of my life and myself. I reminded myself what my true passions were and found encouragement from others. I managed to assemble the songs I had worked on, and place them in a proper order for an album.

I had only 6 tracks together so I was looking at releasing an EP, but knew that I wanted to release a whole album since it had been 4 years since I released my last. I had enough feedback from fans about Sea Dragon, that I decided to write a Reprise version of it to end the album with, but that only got me to 7 tracks, and quite honestly, the reprise was just the same song twice, with a different intro and outro.

And then I found my inspiration again. I had a song I was working on, but it just was NOT making any sense, until one day things just clicked. I liked the song and the name that I gave it so much, that I decided to name the album with a similar name. The song was “For the Willow Weeps underneath the Stormy Skies”, and through someone very close to my heart, I found my inspiration once again.

I released the original version of For the Willow Wept.. around June of 2012, but knew I would eventually return to it to expand upon the idea, and extend the number of songs into a proper album.

After a few years or renewed vigor for my music, and honing my craft, I finally decided to dive back in to what I consider one of my more moving albums. I re-mastered the original tracks, removing the two versions of Sea Dragon and leaving only the “Reprise” version on this release. I also composed 3 more songs that are included to flesh it out as a full-length album.

This album for me represents overcoming your burdens, and emotional strife, and reaching for your dreams. Only you can control your own destiny, and it’s up to you to stand tall just move forward.

Life is full of highs and lows, you must remember that the lows will eventually go away. It’s important to stay strong and persevere.

You yourself may be experiencing dark times, but just remember the sun will rise.

I dedicate Sunrise Edition of For the Willow Wept... to Kayla, who has shown me what true happiness is all about. She is my sunrise, my Willow.

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Candice Michelle

Review from Journeyscapes Radio
Keith Richie is a Texas-based electronic music composer with a diverse and ever-growing catalog of releases. Notably inspired by artists such as Tangerine Dream, Vangelis and John Carpenter, Richie’s albums stylistically range from Berlin-school, to film score, to ambient and chill-out, with each release based upon a central theme that conveys a soundtrack-type listening experience. Comprised of ten compositions spanning fifty-seven minutes, For the Willow Wept (Sunrise Edition), was inspired by a particularly difficult time in Richie’s life. Effectively conveying this theme, the music is deeply emotive and often permeated by a haunting melancholy throughout, with shimmers of sunlight and glimmers of hope sprinkled along its course. Incorporating both vintage and modern synthesizer sounds, Richie even brings in subtle acoustic elements, which lend an organic warmth to these melodic electronic soundscapes.

The opening track, “Little Angels”, is a gently melodic and beautiful piece that effectively recalls 1980’s and 1990’s-era electronic new age music. Imbued with subtle hallmarks of Vangelis, it conveys an air of dreamy innocence with its fusion of harpsichord, lush pads and breezy, moderately-paced rhythm. Following next is the languidly drifting, “Missing You Between Lucid Dreams”, which imparts shimmering tones, subtle sequencing and the sound of rain effectively evoking images of a fog-veiled forest. One of my favorite pieces on the album is “Sea Dragon”, where celestial vocal textures, oceanic waves and sorrowful strings ultimately conclude with whale-song towards the end. Equally stunning, the mysteriously ambient, “Over the Horizon”, is characterized by a liquid pulse engulfed in a thick fog, as it effectively recalls that of riding on a low storm cloud across a barren landscape. “Homeless” is another standout which aptly conveys a sense of wandering and search for belonging. Emitting sparkling textures like flashing orbs and synthesized strings amid a suspended atmosphere, the piece seemingly conveys imagery of walking along the shore of a bioluminescent sea at night. “For the Willow Weeps Underneath the Stormy Skies” is one of the most engrossingly beautiful pieces of music that I’ve heard as of late. Evocative of darkening clouds filling up the sky, low-swirling tones and the sound of an encroaching storm underlie a most hauntingly gorgeous melody that is incredibly subtle yet deeply profound.

A bit lighter overall than some of Keith Richie’s more dynamically sequencer-based works, For the Willow Wept (Sunrise Edition) variably hovers between ambient, new age and classic electronic space music. Shifting the focus away from the more cosmic themes that Richie frequently visits, the music herein often elicits an air of medieval-era fantasy within its earthbound atmospheres. Having developed a signature style that has become increasingly recognizable, Richie is one of the most notable artists to recently emerge in the electronic music scene, with this latest album proving itself as another masterwork not to be missed!
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