Pennsylvanian composer and multi-instrumentalist Keith Kenniff has sat at the intersection of ambient, electronic and modern classical music for the last decade. His music has been consistently lush, timeless and diverse no matter which route he has taken. Under his Goldmund alias, the American has become one of the preeminent composers of minimal piano music. On his ninth album as Goldmund, Occasus, Kenniff finds a sound so full of beauty and emotion that you take it in predominantly through feeling it instead of hearing it. At times forlorn, at others proud, bereft, peaceful, anxious or full of longing,
Occasus is undeniably affecting as it stretches across the breadth of intense emotions. These feelings are conjured with only stripped back and minimal instruments, mostly piano, synthesiser, reverb and Kenniff’s seemingly limitless talent and sensitivity. Combining a palette of beautiful melodies and drifting keys that flutter over elongated, dreamy and grainy synth textures, Kenniff creates a soundscape that is so rich and inviting that you will want stay in his imaginary world. Its ability to find emotional connections is owed to Kenniff’s skill and creativity, but also in his willingness to allow his compositions to evolve with a raw and unpolished impulsivity. His most beautiful, exquisite and expansive album yet, Occasus is Keith Kenniff’s wonderfully impressive excursion into the depths of the human subconscious.
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