Branches by Keith Kenniff

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CD on Village Green (A.K.A Helios).

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Branches by Keith Kenniff
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9/10 Phil 26 January 2012

Keith Kenniff aside from having one of my favourite names in pop music (okay, it's not pop music) is also known as Helios and he's a busy lad. Here's his first album proper under his name (bar a soundtrack called 'The Last Survivor' which featured tracks as him and Goldmund). Makes you wonder why you'd do some tracks under one name and some under another? Well Keith's stuff is more orchestral and soundtracky and it's got more twinkles than you could shake a shitty stick at. 'Immersion' is part Danny Elfman (Nightmare Before Christmas era) and part Carter Burwell. It's gorgeous too, as is the whole album which shifts from tinkly piano based tracks to more fleshed out tracks doused in electronics and strings. Fans of Nils Frahm take note as there's a few tracks on here which seem similar to his playful style. There's a magical feel to the whole thing and it's making me feel like things are gonna start to come alive in my house and start flashing lights and moving to the music before settling back where they started (not in a close encounters kind of way but more of a Toy Story kind of way). It's a beautifully deep and moving record which I happily give 5 stars to 'cause it's fucking mint.



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