Keith Kenniff is a Portland-based ambient indie electronic artist who works under the monikers Helios and Goldmund. He is also half of the shoegaze band Mint Julep, and children's band Meadows along with his wife Hollie Kenniff. In 2010 he began the record label Unseen. Kenniff started playing drums, guitar and bass at a very young age. His musical journey took him to the prestigious Berklee College of Music, where he graduated with honors in 2006 with a B.A. in percussion and composition. In 2004 'Unomia', Keith's first album under the moniker Helios, was released followed by the critically acclaimed album ‘Eingya’ in 2006. His third album ‘Caesura’ was released in 2008. Keith records and performs music for solo piano under the name Goldmund for which he has six releases on Unseen Music, Type Records and Western Vinyl, including the most recent album ‘Famous Places’.

Selected Press

Kenniff…is a skilled craftsman.

  • New York Times
  • ...his accomplishment and expertise on various instruments is gratifyingly apparent...

  • Pitchfork
  • ...easily one of the most solemn, gorgeous records of the year.

  • Magnet
  • This music is so so so beautiful!!

  • Ryuchi Sakamoto
  • ...Kenniff shows a great talent for composition and melds a diverse range of sounds wonderfully

  • Don Yeats (KEXP music director)
  • ...minimalist piano pieces that delicately emphasize the physical expression of piano sounds. The overall effect is cinematic, like a film score composed by Erik Satie.

  • NPR
  • Music so beautiful it sounds almost entirely anomalous in the context of our present era.

  • Textura
  • Exuding beauty but also suspense, this is the sort of minimalist music that fills a room with even the faintest of its sounds, not the sort that disappears into the walls without anyone noticing.

  • Pop Matters