RIYL: Hammock, Eluvium, The Album Leaf
Label: Ghostly International
Multi-instrumentalist, composer and electronic music producer Keith Kenniff has carried the ambient Helios project since 2004 and kept it remarkably relevant over the years, from the twinkling pianoÂ hammerÂ that you can feel hitting the strings to the grandioseÂ synth textures and field recordings that hit your ears like a soft breeze.Â He breathes music,Â whetherÂ it’s through hisÂ post-classicalÂ Goldmund project, his dreamgaze pop group Mint Julep or his children’s music project Meadows, but Helios is without a doubt his most renowned among active listeners.Â Without Kenniff’s mark on ambient music, we may never have had Hammock, Julianna BarwickÂ or Balmorhea.Â He’s that important.
Veritidas marks the 10th album for Helios, and according to his new label, Ghostly International, the recordÂ “introduces unusual shapes and landscapes to the Helios catalog. Whereas past songs have followed traditional structures â€” discernable bell curves with beginnings, arcs, and ends â€” the focus here is texture and harmony.” Even if there is a change in approach, I’m confident that any fan of post rock or ambient music will still find plenty here to love.Â Only 750 copies are being printed on marbled beige wax, so I wouldn’t expect these to be around very long.Â Grab one after the ‘buy’ link and listed to first available trackÂ Seeming below.
Marbled beige vinyl is limited to 750 units worldwide
Cover artwork by Oliver Barrett
Design by Luke Twyman
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive