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evantdixon My favorite Helios album--featuring everything I love about his ambient, downtempo style. The kind of album you can put on repeat for hours. Expansive, meditative, and beautiful. Favorite track: Every Passing Hour.
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Marc Nostalgia, warmth and simplicity. Favorite track: It Was Warmer Then.
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Otis Nugatory Warm without being schlocky, smooth without being slick, emphatic but not overbearing: this album is Helios at his best (tho I also strongly recommend Eingya). A master instrumentalist, Helios' mix of ambience, catchy beats and lilting tones is ideal for mornings, working or chilling out. I work w/ very low-functioning adults who have severe mental health and/or substance use issues; I gave Yume as a gift to one of my coworkers -- it's a healing antidote to sadness & misery. John K., Tacoma, WA Favorite track: Pearls.
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Sonora Lac 05:12
Pearls 04:46
Yume 05:54
Skies Minus 04:56
The Root 05:23
Again 02:22
Embrace 03:38


The latest album from Helios, Yume takes its title from the Japanese word for “dream” and delivers an otherworldly ambient/electronic hybrid that’s cinematic in scope yet intimate in emotion. In making the album, composer/multi-instrumentalist Keith Kenniff (the sole artist behind Helios) has created a warm sonic tapestry from luminous guitar lines, elegant piano work, ingeniously crafted rhythms, and lo-fi electronic elements.

Though Kenniff’s graceful maneuvering of mood and tone lends Yume a journey-like quality, the album offers pieces as captivatingly disparate as “Pearls” (which blends heavy beats and lilting piano melodies, cascading guitar riffs and airy atmospherics) and “Embrace” (which closes out the album with a glimmering expanse of sound). Built from both electronic experimentation and live instrumentation, Yume also constructs its richly detailed textures by drawing from a repertoire of sound that ranges from toy tambourines to serendipitously recorded environmental noises.

Raised in rural Pennsylvania, Kenniff put out Helios’s 2004 debut album Unomia while studying percussion at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Over the past decade, he’s released five more albums as Helios, along with collaborating with his wife Hollie in the shoegaze-inspired pop duo Mint Julep and composing music for such clients as Paramount Pictures, Apple, Facebook, and Google.


released September 11, 2015

Cover art by Matthew Woodson | www.ghostco.org
Mastered by Taylor Deupree | www.12kmastering.com
Written, performed and mixed by Keith Kenniff
Track 3 and 6 features Ben Davis on viola and Amos Cochran on cello


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Unseen is the projects of Keith Kenniff and Hollie Kenniff (Helios, Goldmund and Mint Julep).

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