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Goldmund

Two Point Discrimination

(Western Vinyl; US: 20 Nov 2007; UK: Available as import)

Hands touch a wooden floor in the photograph on the cover. It’s a photograph that gets stranger the longer you look at it. Are the hands at rest or active? Is the person sitting or lying down, sleeping or crawling, searching or stopping? Goldmund’s mini-album Two Point Discrimination, an entry in Western Vinyl’s Portrait Series, was apparently inspired by this portrait of hands. And Keith Kenniff, aka Goldmund, apparently took it as a portrait of touch, judging by the sensitive yet visceral nature of these 11 solo-piano pieces, where you can hear the movements of the piano keys, and that of the hands guiding them. The soft glow of the photo is present in the music as well. Exuding beauty but also suspense, this is the sort of minimalist music that fills a room with even the faintest of its sounds, not the sort that disappears into the walls without anyone noticing

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Dave Heaton has been writing about music on a regular basis since 1993, first for unofficial college-town newspapers and DIY fanzines and now mostly on the Internet. In 2000, the same year he started writing for PopMatters, he founded the online arts magazine ErasingClouds.com, still around but often in flux. He writes music reviews for the print magazine The Big Takeover. He is a music obsessive through and through. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri.


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