Cat no. GI322LP
For one of the country’s most understated composers. Kenniff has housed dozens of ambient releases under the name Helios since 2004, alongside post-classical output as Goldmund, shoegaze pop with his wife Hollie as Mint Julep, and commissions for _lm and television. It is a reliably transportive body of work that's earned Kenniff a cult following, and a genuine modesty that’s kept him on the fringes, right where he prefers, in the dark. Veriditas introduces unusual shapes and landscapes to the Helios catalog. Whereas past songs have followed traditional structures — discernable bell curves with beginnings, arcs, and ends — the focus here is texture and harmony. "I wanted to explore emotionality within something more static." Synth-tones radiate and hum as vignettes, often crisp and cloudless, other times smeared to a queasy Boards of Canada-like unease. The latter burbles below the last moments of Eventually and looms over the opener Seeming like darkness inching across a forest. Tracks cease at will. Seeming fades just after a sliver of light cuts through the mossy pillars. Latest Lost mists for just one minute. Row The Tide for two, hovering like a helium balloon lost to the horizon. Even Today hangs above the snowcaps, suspended in an upper arboreal sequence, as shimmering surges of static trace the treetops below. Moments on Veriditas pass quickly, but as a series of moments, they are _uid, almost regenerative. Disassembling the album by instruments is dif_cult. Unlike past Helios work, there is no percussion. The one straightforward use of guitar appears on the ambling Upward Beside The Gale, strummed solemnly as if over end credits, watching the greenery lapse to grey in the twilight. In the second half of Dreams, crystalline piano chords converse with washes of orchestral notes and deep drone, advancing towards temporal clarity, a lookout point, that once presented evaporates. In a way, Veriditas parallels the path of the Helios project to date: patient, immense, and wondrous without ostentation. Kenniff continues to _nd a soothing and centering quality in his craft. Aligned with Hildegard von Bingen’s philosophy, Kenniff looks towards sound, like many do to nature, for momentary vigor, for elemental and nourishing proli_cacy. Here, in pursuit of viriditas, with precise textures and harmonies, he humbly extends that verdant expression outward, wide and pliable.
Expected Release Date: 31/8/2018