Saturday, April 2, 2011

[UNSEEN 001] Helios - Unleft (Album) CD 2010

Helios - Unleft
Label: Unseen Records
Catalog#: UNSEEN001
Format: CD, Compilation, Album, Remastered, Limited Edition
Country: US
Released: 01 Mar 2010
Genre: Electronic, Rock
Style: Acoustic, Downtempo, Ambient
Photography - Colin Kenniff
Written-By, Recorded By, Mastered By - Keith Kenniff
Notes: "This album is a collection of material recorded from 2000-2009.
Regular CD version previously released in 2009 on CD-R as "Unreleased Vol. 1".
Remastered with one bonus track.
Limited to 150 copies.

1 Convivium 4:16
2 Cross The Ocean 5:21
3 The Evening Walk 3:53
4 Bounce Dive 5:45
5 Every Hair On Your Head 3:58
6 South Tree 4:03
7 Friedel 5:46
8 Distance 4:28
9 Carry With Us 4:03
10 The Jaguar Sun 4:28
11 The Morning Room 4:49

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On Unleft, Keith Kenniff collects previously unreleased Helios material recorded between 2000 and 2009, sequencing the resultant tracks as a self-contained album. The resultant fifty minutes plays out as a wonderfully varied sequence that focusses on melodically resonant electronic music. You'll hear some of the compositional techniques Kenniff has become known for at work, cutting a tuneful, glitched-up swathe through opener 'Convivium', while the crunchily filtered, slow-core beats of 'Friedel' and 'Distance' channel a hazy, opiated quality. Taking this a little further, the creaking deep bass and beautiful electronic post-rock of 'Cross The Ocean' is touched by the influence of Boards Of Canada, something that could also be said of the downtempo, beat-heavy ambience of 'Bounce Dive', though there's a more playful and openly tuneful quality to Kenniff's music compared to that of the Brothers Eoin, something highlighted by the airier, brighter productions of the Portlander's music. There's also a pronounced cinematic quality to all this, and you can well imagine Kenniff being recruited to score a film at some point down the line, especially given beautifully crafted, acoustic guitar-driven pieces like 'South Tree' or the upbeat, piano-heavy 'The Morning Room', both of which showcase this side of his output very strongly.


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