Gold­mund Oc­ca­sus

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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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