12 October 2012

WMRI - Citrine Lake

Record: 2010 • Edition: 2012 • USC-WR-1210.0104

Golden sunset over the lake mirror. Fragile enchantment of tranquility.

Tracklist: 01.Citrine Lake (43:25)

Composed by WMRI. All instruments programmed, keyboards and synthesizers played, music written, arranged and mixed, artwork by Mike Winchester. Cover photo by Micky Zlimen.

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1 comment:

  1. I posted a link to Emerald Sky by WMRI a few weeks back, without any real comments or further exploration.

    In the time since then, I’ve been exploring a lot more of WMRI’s music. And I’ve been really enjoying what I’ve found.

    WMRI is Russian synthesist Mike Winchester. He has quite a few releases spread throughout the Internet, on sites like Jamendo, AmieStreet, Bandcamp, etc. (Jamendo has probably the deepest collection of his works around.) And while much of it is quite good, I feel that his work really shines on a series of recent releases that he alludes to as the “Ambient Gem Series”.

    The releases that (so far…) seem to make up this series include: Emerald Sky, Ruby Canyon, Amethystine Cave & Citrine Lake.


    Another singular long-form piece, Citrine Lake is at once more chaotic and more silent than the other releases in the series. There is more space between the swelling notes, but some of them reach out and grow to a searing pitch before fading away—like a flash of the setting sun glinting on the surface of the water before it sinks below the horizon, or a wave that crashes over a rock only to leave behind a calm tidal pool. The waters calm as the piece progresses, but the overall pattern of rising and falling persists.

    All in all, I find the entire Ambient Gem Series very coherent. You can see in the design of the cover art that there is a consistency throughout. The pieces all fit together into a larger whole. I’d probably say Emerald Sky and Ruby Canyon are my faves at this point, but I’d recommend them all. [June 16th, 2010]