The Vacation

by Endless Melancholy

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Pleasant warmth of summer reflected from grainy surfaces of sound, unfolded once from pages of old book... Radiating through space & time, entering the minds of lazy dreamers, sleepless readers and helpless slackers, hovering behind the dark windows of those nights, when city feels abandoned... The story once whispered changed many forms but still returned to inspire, to bring this feeling of inevitable elusiveness of everything we love and care.

~ In memory of Ray Bradbury ~

"The Vacation" is a fifth album by Endless Melancholy. It is a follow up to project's rather acclaimed full-length "Her Name In A Language Of Stars", released back in 2015. "The Vacation" was lovingly crafted over the span of two months, processed through the vintage reel-to-reel tape recorder for some analog warmth and received a thoughtful master from Stephan Mathieu at Schwebung Mastering studio. Wonderful artwork was created by Lita Akhmetova. The album will be released on 27 June, 2017 via Hidden Vibes (CD + digital) and ΠΑΝΘΕΟΝ (tape + digital).


The album starts with “They had wakened one morning and the world was empty” which sonicly gives you a visual image not to dissimilar to the end of the movie “28 Days Later” where you see people surrounded by absolutely nothing but the raw environment and not a person to be sighted. This is summed up in the tracks title, but also the feel of the track as it opens with fierce wind like noise, melodic drones and various layers of other drones that balances each other out. Some provide the higher notes while some function as almost a bass like rhythm section for the higher notes to float over. Some low-level piano keys are visible that provide a haunting element, but it is the drones that give the track its isolation feel. // Drifting, Almost Falling

Even more so than its predecessor, it evokes a sense of cosmic wonder and vast, otherworldly vistas while being anchored to a strong emotional undertow which lends it the haunting poignancy that makes it so compelling. Best experienced as a complete journey from start to finish, there are some individual standout moments, with tender stillness at the heart of “Wouldn’t We Be Lonely” and the transcendent, palatial slow build of “Enough to Cost Us a Lifetime” being arguably among the most striking. // Stationary Travels

Oleksiy Sakevych has produced another winner. The Vacation is his fifth full-length disc under the Endless Melancholy brand. It is this month’s must-listen.

After the success of 2015’s Her Name In A Language Of Stars, expectations have ridden pretty high ahead of this new release. Despite the Kiev-based artist’s self-deprecating insistence that he’s been “disappointing everyone since 2011,” it’s hard to imagine many listeners having that reaction to The Vacation.

The album is achingly beautiful. He matches gentle, mournful ambient synth with some of the most effective distortion effects recorded this year. Sakevych may have an album of the year here. // Kevin Press

The Vacation — это воплощение в музыке рассказа Рэя Бредбери «Каникулы». Целая история, переданная бессловесными музыкальными средствами. В рассказе идет речь об одном из любимых мотивов Брэдбери — исчезновении человечества. Последние из людей, скитаясь пустынными городами, задаются вопросом: горевать ли им от одиночества, либо же наслаждаться им?

Что сразу бросается в глаза, так это кинематографичность музыки. Это не удивительно, ведь ранее в рамках Endless Melancholy Алексей создавал музыку для нескольких фильмов. Однако, в данном случае даже без видеоряда перед глазами невольно возникают картины старой научной фантастики с футуристическими и пустынными пейзажами.
Также с первых нот ощущается, что этот музыкальный альбом передает чувства человека, оказавшегося в сознательной или случайной изоляции. Здесь мы видим тот тип эмбиента, что не просто изображает атмосферу, а живо погружает нас в переживания, создает напряжение и драму, пользуясь очень ограниченным набором инструментов. Кроме некоторых полевых записей, которые практически незаметны на слух, все пространство альбома занимают неспешные грустные клавишные. Но большего здесь и не нужно.

Каждый из 8-ми небольших треков посвящает нас в отдельную часть истории и открывает нам еще один оттенок одиночества. Несмотря на трагическую тему, это скорее легкая грусть, лишь изредка прерываемая настоящей тревогой. Первые четыре части я бы определил как различные вариации одной грустной темы, но последующие несколько разнятся. «Sunflower wilderness» максимально приближает нас к ощущению пасторальной пустоты природы, оставленной без человека. «Earth was now no more than a meadow» дает наиболее космическую и научно-фантастическую картинку. «Enough to cost us a lifetime» — наиболее светлая вещь на альбоме, а заканчивается лонгплей на мрачной и зловещей ноте трека «And he walked her through the still and empty city streets». Кстати, именно последний трек мне понравился больше всего. // Neformat

Swaddled in lovely layers, Endless Melancholy sculpts a soothing world with “The Vacation”. Elegantly combining drone and classical into something so serene, Endless Melancholy employs a great variety of textures throughout the album. At the very heart of these magnificent pieces is a keen ear for melody which guides the pieces along with great power. By opting for an approach that appears firmly grounded in emotion rather than any other distinction, the songs simply wash over the listener. // Beach Sloth


releases June 27, 2017

Tape pre-mastering by Anton Belov
Mastering by Stephan Mathieu
Artwork by Lita Akhmetova



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