The Welkin Dim
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The Welkin Dim

Portland, OR | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | SELF

Portland, OR | SELF
Established on Jan, 2015
Band Rock Alternative




"Learning to Relent pulls a reverie from the shadows"

There are a lot of broken emotions built up in The Welkin Dim’s new release, Learning to Relent.

But as the saying goes, “Emotion is energy in motion,” and it couldn’t ring more true for this effort—bounding guitars and themes of wayward hearts, breathing deep, and letting go. “I’m just waiting for the wind / To blow away the ashes burning thoughts into memories trapped inside of you,” Adam Kennedy sings on “Ashes,” continually switching up genuine regret to gruff conviction.

The Portland duo plays with more sonic, poppy elements on “The Fractal Trees” before drawing back into the haunt on “Smoke.” Three-parts anger and one-part defeatist, Kyle Hanson’s bass work is the pulse to the jarring, electric track. “Writing in Colour” closes the album on a satisfying, albeit weighty note with its post-rock riffs and dystopian recourse.

Learning to Relent pulls a reverie from the shadows; a road to closure that keeps revealing old bones of the past. For more information on The Welkin Dim, visit their website. - The Permanent Rain Press


2015 - Salt & Shorelines (Single)
Their first release effort came in the form of a single, Salt & Shorelines. What started as an acoustic song developed by Adam for open mic nights turned into an exploration in musical and tonal storytelling with highs and lows at all the right places.

2016 - Learning to Relent
Their first album features 7 tracks written, performed, and recorded by Kyle and Adam. The album explores everything from funk grooves to metal crescendos with dynamic shifts in emotion and tone that will stick in your mind. The task of capturing their frantic energy and emotion on stage and sharing it on a record was a daunting task, but with Learning to Relent, they’ve managed to bring a polished preview of their highly acclaimed live energy.



In 2012, The Welkin Dim began as a studio project between Adam, who was living just outside of Portland, and Kodiak, who was living just outside of Phoenix. The goal was to write and release an album, a goal they came very close to completing.

Until they needed a drummer.

When Adam met Leo and asked him to record for the record, he realized he had met more than a studio drummer. He had met a performer who needed to be in front of a live audience.

Through the process of working through the transition from studio to live, there was quite a lot of turmoil that led to the necessity to move on to different and through different guitarists.

Enter Kyle and Mike.

For the next year, the band would attack the music scene from Seattle to Medford. Their frenetic live performances garnered quite a lot of local attention and admiration.

After having hit the road and stage hard, the demands of a gigging band and the at home needs of family and work led to a tough decision for both Leo and Mike.

Kyle and Adam went about the task of finishing the long awaited album and continued to write and perform. It wasn't long until they found a drummer with the same drive and passion that they both carried. Ben joined the band shortly after the release of their album, Learning to Relent, and now fills the fulltime position of drummer as they work on their next album and tour.

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