HV034 Endless Melancholy - Her Name In A Language Of Stars
"Her Name In A Language Of Stars" is a fourth full-length album by Endless Melancholy. It was released on 27 July, 2015 via Hidden Vibes (CD + digital).
Oggi più che mai, la musica di Oleksiy Sakevych e la sua parabola artistica sotto l’alias Endless Melancholy rappresenta una testimonianza del reale, che non necessita di parole ma punta tutto sulle suggestioni, sull’essenza più pura di un suono divenuto via via più denso e inquieto.
Ad appena un anno da “Fragile”, il quarto album dell’artista ucraino ne corona in maniera emblematica l’affrancamento dai canoni del minimalismo neoclassico, in sei tracce originali e tre remix che ne suggellano la transizione ambient-drone. Si tratta, in fondo, della traduzione sotto diversa forma delle pulsioni post-rock che percorrevano carsicamente gli esordi di Sakevych, delle quali “Her Name In A Language Of Stars” perpetua le potenzialità di coinvolgimento emotivo, ancora connaturate all’impostazione orchestrale ancora tangibile nel lavoro precedente ma che ora rimane confinata sempre più nelle quinte dei nuovi brani.
Al ruolo di protagonista assurgono, in maniera sempre più decisa ed esplicita, maestose correnti droniche, che a tratti sfociano in una massa di rumore gassoso in continua, lenta evoluzione. Il risultato sono imponenti cattedrali di suono, dalla soverchiante densità come quelle di Tim Hecker (“Tiny Box Of Memories”, “Daydreaming”) o popolate da riflessi immateriali come le contemplazioni astrali degli Hammock (la title track e “Their Hearts Erased”). In composizioni che avanzano tra sospensioni temporali e modulazioni di frequenze più o meno sature, si colgono appena in controluce frammenti di distanti risonanze pianistiche (al termine di “Tiny Box Of Memories”) o aperture d’archi filtrati, preliminari a crescendo distorti (“Like Ships Without Anchors”).
Tenore e protagonisti dei tre remix definiscono una volta per tutte la transizione ormai compiuta di Sakevych, con l’applicazione da parte di Benoît Pioulard della tavolozza ambientale del suo ultimo “Sonnet” a “Their Hearts Erased”, il russo Desolate Horizons ad amplificare il contenuto distorto dello stesso brano e Will Bolton a calare in un universo di riverberi e microsuoni spettrali i loop di “Tiny Box Of Memories”. Tre brani che rappresentano l’ideale complemento di un lavoro che di Endless Melancholy mantiene e anzi esalta fascino cinematico e potenzialità di coinvolgimento, in un flusso sonoro che nell’elevazione dai tormenti terreni ricerca il mezzo per decriptare segnali provenienti da uno spazio sconfinato e misterioso.
(c) Raffaello Russo // Music Won't Save You musicwontsaveyou.com/2015/07/29/endless-melancholy-her-name-in-a-language-of-stars/
The album begins with a slow music box melody and a distant ambient wash, like stars twinkling in front of the Milky Way or Aurora Borealis ~ a perfect reflection of the album cover. This is Endless Melancholy‘s fourth full album and finest to date. The man who began his career as a solo pianist has now stretched his wings and is approaching the stratosphere. Fly that high, and others will notice ~ Benoît Pioulard, Will Bolton and Desolate Horizons join the artist (Oleksiy Sakevych) for a trio of remixes. To honor the beauty of the set, Her Name In A Language Of Stars is even available in a clothbound edition (akin to Sonic Pieces’ limited pressings).
That opening track (“Tiny Box of Melodies”) is hard to top, as it develops into a thick yet inviting drone by the time it concludes. Other tracks go right to the thicker sounds before backing off, allowing sub-melodies and chords to shine through the grey like pinholes in cardboard. A post-rock influence is apparent in “Daydreaming”, which layers its ambience in the same way that post-rock layers its guitars. The piano, once primary in the mix, is not apparent until the sixth minute of “Like Ships Without Anchors.”
clothbound!While “Their Hearts Erased” appears in three versions – the original and two remixes – the album’s best track is the 15-minute “Burial, When the Sun Sets”. Perhaps it was too good to remix. From soft origins, it rises into a gentle morass of orchestral timbres, enveloping the listener in an ever-growing wall of gentle loops and restrained feedback. All sense of time is lost as the track unfolds; one could listen for hours. The soft landing alone takes two minutes, careful not to injure in any way. The ground is as cushioned as the clouds.
Endless Melancholy no longer seems melancholic ~ an odd irony. This music gazes at the sky, hopes and dreams. We may be witnessing the birth of a new star.
(c) Richard Allen // A Closer Listen
Oleksiy Sakevych is a man of many talents and many colours. His work as a musician is multi-faceted, to say the least, with his skills split across three equally exciting, and equally different monikers. As part of Sleeping Bear he lends his talents with guitar and keyboards to create instrumental, post-rock epics, and as a member of the Hidden Vibes label he works tirelessly to release and promote ambient and modern classical albums in both digital formats and pristine, physical limited editions, and yet what he is probably best known for, is being the genius behind ambient maestro Endless Melancholy.
Beginning in November of 2011, Endless Melancholy has now blossomed into a stunning example of sonic soundscapes and serene ambient noise. The latest release, the romantically titled ‘Her Name In A Language Of Stars’ marks the fourth album for Sakevych, and continues the vibrant combination of modern classical sounds and sparse aural arrangements in stunning fashion. Beginning with a slow, building melody that mingles with restrained ambient tones, the opening track ‘Tiny Box of Memories’ serves as an inviting and prolonged welcome as it develops into a heavy drone and consume all focus, while its successor, the divine ‘Daydreaming’ cuts far quicker to the point. Lighter, and glistening with more complex rumblings of undertones towards the end, its clear already that Sakevych has taken his sound to an altogether higher tier.
‘Like Ships Without Anchors’ is arguable the most engrossing track on the album, with it’s evolving tapestry of sounds not once losing step across its extensive run time of just over ten minutes. Throughout the track melodies ebb and flow between soft piano keys, and all throughout there is a series of deeply evocative notes that sway the listener and breathes life into the song. The same can be said for the title track, and for the incredibly tactile epic of ‘Burial, When the Sun Sets’, which begins softly, almost subtly, before erupting into a maelstrom of beautifully orchestrated delirium. It’s an involving, and often even delicate journey, with each element of the song bringing about a new direction and a distinct emotion in an undeniably brilliant way.
What follows after the brilliance of ‘Burial, When the Sun Sets’ is a series of remixes by Benoît Pioulard, Wil Bolton and Desolate Horizons, who each add their own distinct style to ‘Their Hearts Erased’ and ‘Tiny Box of Memories’, and while the further evolutions of Endless Melancholy’s sound are thoroughly enjoyable, they stand as mere bystanders to the anthemic qualities of Sakevych’s original work.
Simply put, ‘Her Name In A Language Of Stars’ is an incredible world of bristling ambient textures and delectable piano led melodies contained neatly within six beautiful, original compositions and three innovative remixes. It’s the perfect continuation of Sakevych’s art, which sees the same brilliant spirit developed into a refined palette of evocative tones, and it’s simply breathtaking.
(c) Anthem Reviews www.anthemreview.net/post/125664185883/endless-melancholy-her-name-in-a-language-of
Mit Her Name In A Language Of Stars (Hidden Vibes) betritt Oleksiy Sakewych Neuland. Zeichneten sich seine bisherigen Alben – einschließlich des formvollendeten Vorgängers Fragile – mit elegischen Piano-Preziosen aus, die insbesondere dem zweiten Teil des Projektnamens Endless Melancholy zur Ehre gereichten, widmet sich der ukrainische Schöngeist nun eher dem Attribut der Unendlichkeit. Mit dicht geschichteten Loops, uneingeschränkt tragfähigen Flächen, gleißenden Texturen und nur noch vereinzelten, entsprechend verhallten Klavier-Sprengseln stellt er der Vergänglichkeit allen Glücks ein unfassbares Glücksversprechen entgegen.
Tim Hecker, Fabio Orsi, Vidna Obmana, Hammock, Stars Of The Lid – die Liste von Künstlern, die in ähnlichen Atmosphären Feldforschung betreiben, ließe sich vielleicht nach Belieben fortsetzen. Doch Aufrichtigkeit würde den Fundus an Namen letztlich doch recht schnell ausdünnen, zumindest wenn das Erbauungspotenzial von Her Name In A Language Of Stars als maßgebliches Kriterium Anerkennung findet. Dass Benoit Pioulard, Wil Bolton und Desolate Horizons Remixe beigesteuert haben, kommt sicher nicht von ungefähr.
Offenbar haben die Arbeiten am Nebenrojekt Moonshine Blues („ambiente Soundscapes, die mir ein Experimentierfeld bieten“, OS) auf Endless Melancholy mehr als nur abgefärbt. Doch derlei Vermutungen zielen ins Leere, sobald allein das intuitive Moment zum entscheidenden Auslöser der Entstehung von Her Name In A Language Of Stars erhoben wird. Produktion und Rezeption umarmen sich auf ein und derselben Ebene: die des bedingungslosen (Ein-)Verständnisses. Allein die Strahlkraft des fünfzehnminütigen Burial, When The Sun Sets genügt, um den Glauben an den allumfassend unendlichen Drone zu stärken, der sämtliche individuellen Herztöne in sich vereint.
(c) Amusio www.amusio.com/13603/liebesgruesse-aus-kiew/
The album opens quietly with 'Tiny Box Of Memories'. Soft, soothing soundscapes floath gently through the air in perfect ambient tradition. Yet, here you can clearly notice a post-rock background in the way the track builds up, swells and become heavier. Some harsh guitar drones appear and the whole does indeed become something that Godspeed! You Black Emperor could become jealous about. 'Daydreaming' follows that example and is indeed best to be enjoyed with your eyes closed and your mind wandering.
The wandering may continue on 'Like Ships Without Anchors', drifting in an ocean of restful sounds. This song has a bit more melody, hidden beneath the layers of synths and drones. It too swells, grows and evolves and it too doesn't need any percussion to keep the listener interested. Title track 'Her Name In A Language Of Stars' perfectly combines all previously mentioned elements and becomes a great epitome of what Endless Melancholy is capable of.
I quite like the harsh guitar shrieks which appear every now and then. They enhance the post-rock feeling on this album but they also decrease the classical approach. In a way, the music on this album has very little to do with modern day composers like Olafur Arnalds or Nils Frahm, although 'Their Hearts Erased' is a beautiful and magical piece of modern day classical music, entwined with soothing sounds. 'Burial, When the Sun Sets' is the longest piece and also the darkest one. \ This is another beautiful composition, born out of the usual ingredients.
(c) Serge Timmers // Merchants Of Air www.merchantsofair.com/reviews/endless-melancholy-her-name-in-a-language-of-stars
Reviews in Japanese:
by Linus Records
by Art Music Satellite
Endless Melancholy - I know the feeling having snagged the headphone wire in the wheel of my chair two times since this record began.
The music isn’t exactly going to lift my mood but for fans of enormous swathes of ambient post-rock you might just get your kicks here. I can’t find a single shred of information within the CD so let’s forget all about song titles (one would imagine they are bleak). The opening track is one humongous drone which gets more distorted as it goes on with spark’s of noise dripping everywhere. Everything is grand - as the next track starts up I imagine Stars of the Lid and Sigur Ros collaborating on a soundtrack to a film about volcanoes. It’s massive yet sad if those two things can work together successfully. I hear the sound of seagulls through a reverb unit so we’re kind of in new age territory but these slabs of sound are nothing if not tuneful and they tug pretty neatly at that part of you that wants to drive a VW Passatt across the Himalayas. Get the lad some TV soundtrack work pronto.
If that’s not sold it to you then there’s some remixes tagged on the end by Benoit Pioulard, Wil Bolton and Desolate Horizons. I’ve since located the track titles and they are called things like ‘Her Name in a Language of Stars’.
(c) Clinton // Norman Records www.normanrecords.com/records/154892-endless-melancholy-her-name-in-a-language