Boomkat Product Review
Keith Kenniff - perhaps best known as Goldmund or Helios - ventures out under his own name for the 2nd time on 'Branches'. Since releasing his widely adored 'The Malady Of Elegance' and 'Caesura' albums on Type, Keith's music has been used on the soundtrack to Harmony Korine's 2007 comedy-drama 'Mister Lonely' and on the trailer for the 2009 Academy Award-nominated 'Revolutionary Road', directed by Sam Mendes; such is the cinematic potential of his grandly scaled compositions. 'Branches' combines the dulcet electronic/ambient themes of his Helios recordings with the ivory-tinkling post-classical piano minimalism of his Goldmund alias in one purified whole. It ebbs and flows across hauntingly beautiful scenes of graceful string symphonies and detailed percussive twinkles embellished with a a rarified electronic sound sphere. Recomended to fans of Hauschka, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Nils Frahm or Max Richter.