Formed in Boston, but now based in a home studio in Portland, this duo consists of husband and wife Hollie and Keith Kenniff. It forms a side-project for Keith, who has already released material under the aliases of Goldmund and Helios, although both take a more ambient style than the work produced as Mint Julep. Save Your Season is the second full-length record to be released by the duo, following up from 2008's limited-release Songs About Snow (which is set to be re-mastered and re-released in the near future) and Adorn EP, which was released earlier this year.

From the very start with 'Chasing The Wind Catching The Shadows' through to the electronic Ladytron-esque conclusion of 'Why Don't We', the band rarely fail to impress. With Mogwai among their admirers after remixing free download single 'Aviary', it would seem that although this particular Portland-based dreampop ensemble has had limited exposure until now, they could be set to find themselves adored by many, and with beautiful shoegaze singles such as 'Aviary' and 'Days Gone By' it should become the case sooner rather than later.

I tried to avoid using the Mint julep cocktail as analogy for this album, but it almost seems like the perfect way to describe it. It's similar to other albums/drinks out there, but there just seems to be an extra bit of care taken in preparing the mix (pun intended). The added sugar of Hollie Kenniff's vocals makes it much more enjoyable and easy to drink/listen to and the subtle distinctions from other artists/cocktails make it stand out from the rest of the pack and if you consume Save Your Season enough you will definitely become highly intoxicated.