Goldmund – For a Time (Spotify)

“Through this arp piano simplicity that started with "For A Time" of Goldmund in Western Vinyl, we felt and hope that through this early melancholy and twin peaks mood will be surprised more. And so it happened. Our wishes been heard on second half with again a minimilastic approach of soft synt layering. A harmonic layering which goes the melancholy bit further until it reaches the end, left you with a sweetness of need bit more. Like a good movie which cannot believe thats it and you hope someday the producer give a second chapter. Does he?”

Pennsylvania native Keith Kenniff’s output as Goldmund has established him alongside peers like Hauschka, Nils Frahm, and even his past collaborator Ryuichi Sakamoto, who himself once described Kenniff’s work as “so, so, so beautiful”.

Also known for his work as Helios and as one part of Mint Julep, his recordings as Goldmund tread sincerely along paths laden with dusty timbres, diffuse synthesizer, and soaring string textures tinted by the muted glow of a cloudy analog sky above. More reflective than somber, with an uplifting trail he paves for the listener, today Goldmund shares the new track "For A Time", where Kenniff juxtaposes rippling piano work with a building electronic keyboard background. The results? Something that sounds like hope.

New album The Time it Takes is out October 16th via Western Vinyl.

Reviewed by Nagamag on September 20, 2020