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R.I.Y.L Nils Frahm, Balmorhea, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Brian
Eno, Eluvium, Erik Satie. Pennsylvania native Keith Kenniffs output as Goldmund has established him as one of the preeminent
composers of minimal piano-based ambient music alongside peers like Hauschka, Dustin OHalloran, and even Ryuichi Sakamoto, who
himself once described Kenniffs work as "so, so, so beautiful". His recordings 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. On The Time it Takes,
Goldmunds newest book of aural polaroids, Kenniff somehow manages to deepen the emotionality of his already affecting project,
creating a space in which to unfold the sorrows of a troubling age and revel in the hope and beauty that follow thereafter. In this sense,
The Time it Takes tackles grief head-on, unadorned by themes of escapism or pastorality, and marks another entry in an impressively
consistent body of work. From the first murmurs of its opener "Day in, Day Out", The Time it Takes calls to mind the cascading nature of
mourning. Theres the first tragedy, the loss itself, then the second one, the dissipation of the memory of the thing lost. We start out
grieving for a loss directly; years later, sorrow reappears not only for that loss, but for the idea that its meaning is slipping away with
each turn of the calendar page. An aged piano thumps gently just beyond an impassable moat of time, its operators presence is
evidenced by the shuffling of pedals and the shifting of mechanisms, and seraphic choirs seep in from places unseen. Kenniffs kindling
of piano is gradually set ablaze with synth, choir, and trilling strings provided by his equally emotive labelmate Christopher Tignor. Like
much of The Time it Takes, "Respite" is true to its title, but not because it leans on New Age aims of comfort and relaxation. Deeply
fervent, it instead reflects the kind of emotional relief that can bring someone to tears if theyre lucky enough to stumble upon it midcrisis. Conversely, the subsequent "Rivulet" crouches in subdued concern and uncertainty amid deteriorated synths that howl down
darkened hallways. "The One Who Stands By" approaches a similar sense of subtle menace. With its lilting arpeggio, pulsing bass, and
scraping drones, the piece anxiously marches toward some severe and unresolved dilemma. Earlier in the sequence, tracks like "For
Old Times" investigate the serene sides of woe and yearning that form the core sentiments of the album: missed chances to share
things with people whove passed on and are forever lost to the past; small internal battles quietly won or lost, but never spoken of; a
heavy rain followed by sideways afternoon sunlight that imparts just enough awe to make you feel okay with your unnoticeable role in it
all. As if we needed convincing, Kenniff further proves his skill of crafting sound-design vignettes that are personal, private, and hushed,
yet simultaneously grand, colossal, and profound. Nostalgia sometimes suffers the role of low hanging fruit for the marketing world, or
worse, a symptom of the stunted development of a generation facing backward in a world that moves unrelentingly forward. But instead
of engaging in reductive and culpable pastiche, Kenniff dispels any notions of nostalgias counterproductivity by using our collective
memory as just another brush to paint with, thereby wresting his music from any linear cultural timeline. To that end there are few
artistic voices as distinct as Goldmunds. Also Available From Goldmund: Occasus LP/CD, Two Point Discrimination CD. Quotes -
“…this is beautiful…I love music that slows the blood, and this has that quality to it.” NPR Music // “...his at-home aesthetic has fully
transcended into the otherworldly” Exclaim! // "Kenniff…is a skilled craftsman." The New York Times // "This music is so so so
beautiful!!" Ryuichi Sakamoto // Tracks : 01 Day In Day Out 02 Forever 03 Memory Itself 04 Of No Other 05 Abandon 06 Pavane 07 For
Old Times 08 The One Who Stands By 09 The End 10 Respite 11 Rivulet 12 For A Time 13 From One Place To Another 14 The Night
15 The Valley In Between

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