Goldmund’s oft-copied piano-ambient sound is rarely rendered as purely or as cleanly by his many imitators. Occasus is another LP from the Pennsylvania composer that demonstrates his composition prowess and clarity of vision. Similarly to Hauschka and Ryuichi Sakamoto, this is light and beautiful music.
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Hello! It’s Jamie here, again. Time for my Top 5 Nouveau Classical Records of the Week rundown. Only joking, it’s really time for my review of ‘Occasus’ by Goldmund. Goldmund, or Keith Kenniff for it is he; he who is on occasion also Helios when all things electronic present themselves, but this isn’t the time or place for that.
As Goldmund, our Keith makes very, very luscious, pure sounding tunes with a classical blueprint but also carries on the long tradition left us by ambient kings Eno and Harold Budd. Kenniff has a terrific ear for a mournful melody along the lines of (the amazing) Ryuichi Sakamoto -- as on ‘Circle’, and particularly, ‘History’ which sounds a smidge like ‘Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence’ -- aaand with just a li’l bit of Debussy spliced in for good measure.
For album number 7 to date, Kenniff’s slow, sad melodies unfurl gradually and tenderly; his graceful tinkling at the piano doing its best to arrest the (sadly inexorable) onward march of time. Possibly Kenniff’s most extravagantly vibrant album since 2008’s ‘The Malady Of Elegance’, his trademark sound is ever here: piano, sometime processed / synthy and warm bass ripples, all ring truly through in softly reverberating harmony. It’s gorgeous stuff, and all set to provide the balm; your calming antidote to these careworn times. I feel tired, if you’re honest you’ve felt happier; let’s just draw the curtains, have a lie down and listen to this... Shall we?
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