On respective edges of America — Oregon and Maine — Keith Kenniff records quiet music at night. “When things are calmer,” he says. “My mind is less distracted when I know that everything is dark outside.” For over a decade, such has been the mode — nocturnal, unrushed, using the same mini-cassette recorder, -a lovely little imperfect way to treat sounds- — for one of the country’s most understated composers. Kenniff has housed dozens of ambient releases under the name Helios since 2004, alongside post-classical output as Goldmund, shoegaze pop with his wife Hollie as Mint Julep, and commissions for ﬁ,,,,lm and television. It is a reliably transportive body of work that s earned Kenniff a cult following, and a genuine modesty that’s kept him on the fringes, right where he prefers, in the dark. The vinyl LP includes a download code.