Under the names Helios and Goldmund, Keith Kenniff has made ambient instrumental music for synthesizers and piano. For his latest project, Mint Julep, he has applied those sounds in the context of “shoegaze” or “dreampop” music. His wife, Hollie, handles lyrics and vocals.
There seems to be no shortage of acts making pretty, moody music with synthesizers, sequencers, guitars, and effects units these days. If you need an amusing time waster, peruse Mint Julep’s webiste and social media and try to find a photo where they’re both looking into the camera, in focus. Yeah, they’re that kind of band.
“To The Sea” starts out like an early Depeche Mode track, before it’s swept up in Hollie Kenniff’s pretty/sexy voice and layers of reverb. Actually, Save Your Season is so soaked in effects that the atmosphere smothers everything else, including some otherwise pretty-good songs. Put it down to a different kind of OD—Over Dreaminess.
- "Aviary" Mp3
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