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Album Review

Keith Kenniff's second effort as Helios may take a few fans of his other alias, Goldmund, by surprise. Even those who have heard his first Helios full-length (Unomia) will be getting something slightly different, since Eingya moves deeper into post-rock territory. This album is about moods — digitally constructed moods, yes, but these constructions are powered by typical moody post-rock fuel: delicate piano, soft-spoken guitar, and laid-back drums. That's what the opener, "Bless This Morning Year," is all about and it sets the tone right from the start. "Dragonfly Across an Ancient Sky" is another very strong track in that vein. "Coast Off" offers something slightly different, with choppy computer vocals and an African choir sample running seductively in the background. More ambient, "First Dream Called Ocean" evokes Arve Henriksen's foggy universe. Some field recordings are carefully used throughout the album, and the track list has obviously been sequenced in order to lull listeners into a comfort zone and leave them there. On first listen, Eingya evokes a lot of post-rock bands (and not the worst of them), even though it actually sits somewhere between that genre and a melodic form of experimental ambient. In any case, the music lacks some character to truly leave a mark, but it provides a wonderful listening experience nevertheless. ~ François Couture, Rovi

Customer Reviews relaxing

If you like Tycho or Boards of Canada, GET THIS!!! This wonderful ambience is the sort of thing you live for if you're like me and love watch stars, sit on the roof and watch the sunset, or anything that invokes introspection. Perfect for relaxation, studying, reflection, spending time with that person you like... you name it. Anything that pertains to a calm demeanor works great with this sort of music. I highly recommend it.

More stars needed!

I wish there were more than 5 stars I could use to rate this beautifully evocative and moving collection of songs. The music is like a creative mixture of Sigur Ros, Ulrich Schnauss and early Mum. I love this record and have since bought all the Helio music I could find.

So nice

I haven't heard sounds this soothing in a long time. "Bless This Morning Year" is an absolute masterpiece that touches me deeply.


Born: Massachusetts

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s

Boston-based ambient indie electronic artist Helios is Keith Kenniff, a Berklee College of Music student who has also gone under the moniker Goldmund. As Helios, his recordings include Unomia (2004), Eingya (2006), and in September 2007 a mini-album that for the first time featured Kenniff's fragile...
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