Christopher Willits crafts music for experiences with 'Coast'

Fixture of the SF ambient/experimental scene and Ghostly International mainstay Christopher Willits is back with a forthcoming album titled ‘Sunset,’ an apt name for an album that he has given very specific instructions for listening: "Begin the music 15 minutes before the sun sets." The album releases on the 14th June 2019, but Ghostly has given us a peek inside by releasing a track from the album, ‘Coast.’

Willits’ music has always had a visual aspect to it, but only in the last few years has that become more explicit, such as with his 2014 album ‘Opening’, released explicitly as a visual album. And now, almost as a modal extension, Willits moves from the visual realm to the experiential. The album tracks with the setting sun, moving from warm to cool, and offering a sort of closure to the day. The track ‘Coast’, the 2nd on the album, indeed starts warm and lush, rolling and evolving with layers upon layers of washed out guitar, and ends with just the hint of airy rhythm that surely signals the encroaching darkness to come. We’ve got a few sunsets to go before June 14, but you would do yourself well to accompany those after with this album.

Stream ‘Coast’ above, and head over to the Ghostly International website to pre-order the full album.

— review by autonomy

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New ambient release from Keith Kenniff on Ghostly Intl.

For over a decade Keith Kenniff has been recording ambient and electronic music mostly at night through an old lofi tape recorder. Keith prefers noctural producing habits as he states "my mind is less distracted when I know that everything is dark outside". He adds that the cheap, cassette recorder adds a nice final touch to the sound "a lovely little imperfect way to treat sounds." 

A Pennsylvanian by birth, Keith Kenniff graduated with honours from the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Taking his technical knowledge and creative spark then applying these to a number of sounds and genres; Kenniff has been the brains behind many critically acclaimed groups and projects. These include his electronica/ambient alias 'Helios', his solo piano project 'Goldmund' and his indie rock band along with his wife Hollie Kenniff called 'Mint Julep.' 

His recent release on Ghostly International 'Verditas' follows this lineage of unbound creativity and constant artistic progression. With a focus more on texture and harmony rather than arrangement and structure, this new album introduces new genre-defying concepts and ideas into the Helios catalog. Keith comments on this new approach: "I wanted to explore emotionality within something more static."

The opening track 'Seeming' is a 2 and a half minute journey of stunning ambiance, lush layers of swirling synths, and an undiluted expression in emotionality. The album passes not as a series of individual tracks, but rather a collection of moments that are as fluid and regenerative as they are hopeful and human. 

Helios 'Veriditas' releases August 31, 2018 on Ghostly International. 
Pre-order the release on limited edition marbled vinyl, CD, or digital. 
     

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