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Mint Julep

Save Your Season

(Village Green; US: 22 Nov 2011; UK: 21 Nov 2011)

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.

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John Bergstrom has been writing various reviews and features for PopMatters since 2004. He has been a music fanatic at least since he and a couple friends put together The Rock Group Dictionary in third grade (although he now admits that giving Pat Benatar the title of "first good female rocker" was probably a mistake). He has done freelance writing for Trouser Pressonline, Milwaukee's Shepherd Express, and the late Milk magazine and website. He currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and two kids, both of whom are very good dancers.


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