By Mint Julep
A couple of very talented musicians based in Portland, Oregon are releasing single "Days Gone By" on September 26th. Mint Julep is a husband and wife team of Hollie and Keith Kenneth. Hollie provides vocals whereas Keith (who famously goes by the name of ambient, predominantly instrumental solo projects "Helios" and "Goldmund") gently induces silvery keys and occasional distortion. "Save Your Season" the debut UK album will be released November 14th through Independent label "Village Green".
"Days Gone By" begins with fist-banging snare and one of those barbed-wire DFA riff intros, it soon flowers into lustrous vocals and to coincide with the upcoming album-title a blessedly seasonal feel. With similarities to Sigur Ros Hollie's angelic vocals accompanied by a chugging distorted guitar adds successful contrast and depth. The only embittering singularity has to be the lyrical repeat of song title which can get you in the "OK, I get the point! Sort of mood". Despite that, Mint Julep have successfully tenured my ears for 3 minutes as buffeting percussion and pandemonic synths chime the song to a close.
The Helios remix is a soothing, more gentle affair. In my daydream I saw tennis balls drop through blue smoke-clouds at every pulse of percussion. A daydream which was justly interrupted by Hollie Kenneth's opening lyrical couplet: "Rushing through the door into the street." "I'm waiting for you to lead me here". Somehow the "Days Gone By" line is exempt from irritation; that's probably down to the harp-like guitar picks underlying the vocals. A great second approach to the song and is clearly distinguishable from the original. The couple are a minty-fresh blend of pioneering ambient/electronics and modern Indie Rock. Now I'd drink to that.