Boomkat Product Review:
Barely 6 weeks into the new year and already we've been graced with at least two life-changing albums - last week's incredible trip through dense classical structures offered up by Marsen Jules, and this week by the deeply moving solitary clarity of this Piano-based classic from Goldmund on the Type imprint.
Boston-based multi instrumentalist Keith Kenniff has already released music under the Helios moniker - but this debut Goldmund album is little short of a magical experience - scarcely more than the sound of a piano, played softly and with immense passion, with restrained arrangements and accompaniment. This is a sound at once antique and very very modern, american civil war tunes, songsreminiscent of Ryuchi Sakamoto's piano work: even admirers of Mark Hollis, Keith Jarrett or Gonzales' amazing solo piano album from 2004 should pay direct attention - this is a record of rare and unusual beauty, Keith has scant concern for these matters - simply the sound of his fingers on the keys and the tread of his feet on the pedals is enough.
As Goldmund, Kenniff has disregarded the electronic elements of his music almost entirely in favour of just a piano, a microphone and occasionally a guitar. 'Corduroy Road' is thirteen tracks of pure recording, the sound of the piano being opened and the feet on the pedals, the sound of fingers pressing lovingly onto the keys. This is a record of rare and unusual beauty, so shocking and yet unpretentious in its simplicity. When the guitar does emerge from beside the delicately touched piano, it serves as a balancing point for the record. Weaving in and out of the melodies, it adds another layer to what is already incredibly moving music. It is no surprise that Kenniff's passion for cinema shines through so strongly. Even when the brush of a cymbal and the gentle thrum of standup bass is added to this spellbinding album, there remains no doubt - Goldmund has produced a keeper - rare, evocative music from beginning to end. An absolutely essential purchase.