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Keith Kenniff has slipped out of his Goldmund guise to reassume the Helios mantle and put together this lambent LP of expansive instrumentation and froth-flecked electronics, now reissued 15 years on from its original release.
At the time of writing this album Kenniff was a student at Berkley College of Music in Boston, and while his musical style may have benefited from a firm technical understanding and approach, he never let the more austere elements of formal musical training encroach on the lovely, approachable compositions that have been his calling card all tthese years.
Opening with 'Bless This Morning Year', Helios provides a perfectly balanced bridge from previous album 'Unomia' - weaving pastoral charm and rich piano, delicate guitar and Eno-hatched synths, with the kind of eroded perc which seems poised perpetually on the cusp of majestic disintegration. Grandstanding without resorting to needless bombast, Helios understands that whilst reverence for your heroes is always expected, there's no need to produce a pale facsimile - with 'Eingya' giving the nod to Harold Budd, Eno, Basinski, Drake and Boards of Canada, whilst crafting a portmanteau of boxfresh aural treats.
Tethered around the album standout and thematic spoke 'Dragonfly Across an Ancient Land', other highlights include the bellicose cloud of 'Vargtimme', the shimmering soundscape 'The Toy Garden' and the field-recording massage of 'Halving The Compass'.