Gunslinger – Keith Richie

An awesome review of my album Gunslinger!

Resounding Footsteps

Albums based on books are pretty common. At least half of the dungeon synth album I’ve listened to are based on Lovecraft, Tolkien, or someone else’s literary works. Black metal and dark ambient are the same, taking cues from literature to craft an engaging and exciting album. Each looking to find some nugget or perspective that has been done to death already. Keith Richie, an artist that doesn’t really fit into any solid category, released an album called Gunslinger in May that blends dark ambient and electronica with good old dungeon synth. As you may have guessed, it’s based on the epic Dark Tower series by Stephen King. I think it’s no coincidence that I found this album when I did, mere months before the release of the movie. Whether by algorithms or by divine intervention, I have not been able to stop listening to this album. When I’m cooking…

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For The Willow Wept… (Sunrise Edition)

Hey everyone, just wanted to let you know I’ve released the Sunrise Edition of my album “For the Willow wept…”.

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.

http://bandcamp.krichie.com/album/for-the-willow-wept-sunrise-edition

Be sure to take a listen when you can!
It will also be available on all the major digital distributors within the next few days.

 

– Keith richie

My biggest musical influence. My dad. An early Fathers’ day Thanks!

People often ask me who my largest influences are, and I generally reply with the names of John Williams, John Carpenter, Vangelis and Tangerine Dream.   However, as I was driving this morning and reflecting on these things I came to realize it was truly none of these.

The first time I heard the music of John Williams was through the wonderful soundtrack music he has created, and in which I was initially introduced to in the mid to late 70’s.  You can read about that in my History of Musical influences here.  My dad took us to see Star Wars, and he had the soundtrack, along with other Williams soundtracks such as Close Encounters, Jaws, and others.

The first time I heard the music by The Cars, was while riding during a road trip with my father.  And as for Vangelis? Once again it was by listening to the soundtrack for Chariots of Fire, and the soundtrack for the Cosmos T.V. series which my dad also owned.

As for Tangerine Dream, once again it was because I was introduced to the movie Firestarter by my father, and immediately being hooked on the haunting opening (Crystal Voice) and the end credits track Charly the Kid.

And for John Carpenter.  In the early 80’s one Halloween we watched both Halloween I and II together, and I was hooked.

So I guess I would really have to say, my largest influence on my musical tastes and influence on the music I create would have to be my Father.

My father had a very wide range of musical tastes, and introduced me to music I’m not sure I would have heard if it were not for his vast collection of albums, soundtrack scores etc.

So thanks Dad!  Thank you for sewing a seed in me that has grown over time.  Thank you for encouraging me all these years.  Thanks for being the best dad ever.  You truly deserve it!  I’m fortunate to still have you with me.  Someone I know I can always count on.

Thanks Dad, for being the type of Father everyone hopes for.  Someone amazingly supportive and loving.  YOU sir are my inspiration.  You are everything I aspire to be!

Happy Fathers Day!

Your son, Keith.

 

 

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