Mint Julep starts in 2007, when the composer Keith Kenniff, already known under the moniker Helios, decides to start a new musical project with his wife, Hollie Kenniff. After Songs About Snow (Unseen, 2008), a homemade record with little impact; and an EP, Adorn (Unseen, 2011); we get their official first full-length: Save Your Season (Unseen, 2011), released in late last year. We don’t know the origin of the band name, but it couldn’t be more inappropriate. The sound of Mint Julep has nothing in common with rhythm and blues or summer cocktails. On the contrary, the melancholy songs of duo glide between the most precious synthpop territories of synthpop and more precious. Save Your Season would be the ideal soundtrack for those winter days where a layer of fog join the city in an idyllic setting. We could say it sounds as Ladytron or Fever Ray had been obsessed with Loveless by My Bloody Valentine after suffering a break. From Portland, Oregon; Mr. and Mrs. Kenniff have composed an album of intensity smoothly but rich in layers and musical nuances where the Hollie vocal melodies seems to seep. Ideal for listening with headphones at home.
Beyond the music, Mint Julep dreamlike atmospheres has been realized thanks to the work of A Nice Idea Everyday filmmakers for To The Sea and Aviary videos.
You can learn about all the musical projects by Keith Kenniff on his website: Unseen.