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The Vacation

by Endless Melancholy

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HV042 Endless Melancholy - The Vacation

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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


Inspiriert wurde das Album von einer Kurzgeschichte ‚The Vacation‘ von Ray Bradbury aus den sechziger Jahren. Die Hauptfiguren der Geschichte - ein Mann, seine Frau und sein junger Sohn. In dieser surrealen Kurzstory geht es um eine Familie die „Ferien“ auf einer menschenleeren Erde macht. Die Geschichte zeigt die Unfähigkeit, bestimmte Ziele zu setzen, mit anderen Menschen zu kommunizieren, Mangel an Verständnis von Gefühlen, ein einziges Leiden an Einsamkeit und Langeweile. Und doch ist es der Traum von vielen Menschen.

Oleksiy Sakevych verarbeitet also auf seinem neuen Album spezielle Gefühlswelten zwischen Einsamkeit und die Frage, ob alles so eintreten würde, wenn man sich diesen speziellen Wunsch einmal erfüllen möchte. So sind auch die Titel der insgesamt 8 Lieder angelegt, welche sich mit der Thematik auseinandersetzten. Stilistisch bedient sich der Komponist sehr an elektronischen Texturen und vielschichtigen Komponenten aus dem Genre des Ambient. Hat man in den ersten Werken noch recht viel neoklassische Facetten in den Klangstrukturen integriert, sind diese auf The Vacation fast schon verschwunden, oder auf einem minimalen Grad gehalten. // Gezeitenstrom


Certains courriels changent votre vie plus que d’autres, celui que j’ai reçu de la part du musicien Oleksiy Sakevych s’est avéré l’un d’eux. Je n’avais aucune idée de qui il s’agissait, son parcours musical m’échappait entièrement, mais sa manière d’écrire était si sincère et sans prétention que je n’avais d’autres choix que de m’attarder à son œuvre. À peine une minute après avoir plongé dans la première pièce de son album The Vacation, j’étais profondément sous le charme. Une sensibilité renversante enrobait chaque note, chaque vibration, tout était si bien calculé. Ce somptueux mélange de fréquences entremêlé au jeu de piano prenant de l’artiste ukrainien frappait dans le mille. Difficile de croire que je n’avais pas entendu parler de lui avant la parution de son cinquième album, qui sera lancé sur sa propre maison de disque nommé Hidden Vibes le 27 juin prochain. Les fervents de cassettes pourront également se procurer cette merveille via l’étiquette russe ΠΑΝΘΕΟΝ. Il n’aura pourtant fallu que deux mois à Oleksiy, qui se produit sous le pseudonyme Endless Melancholy depuis 2011, pour mettre au monde The Vacation, inspiré de la nouvelle du même titre écrite par Ray Bradbury en 1963. N’ayant malheureusement pas lu cette histoire, il est pourtant facile de laisser mon imagination déraper lors de l’écoute des huit titres composant l’album. La richesse du son analogique combinée aux grandes qualités de compositions de l’artiste garantissent un pèlerinage cérébral des plus immersif, il est si facile de perdre la notion du temps lorsque nous lui dévouons entièrement notre concentration. // Mes enceintes font défaut


Proprio dalle provvisorie conclusioni espressive di quel lavoro traggono le mosse le otto tracce del nuovo “The Vacation”, ispirato nel titolo e nella narrazione dall’omonimo racconto di Ray Bradbury e non meno dello stesso improntato alla proiezione di scenari immaginari. Benché il pianoforte, attraverso trame melodiche sempre più diafane, permanga una presenza ricorrente lungo i quasi quaranta minuti di “The Vacation”, il fulcro dell’accresciuta sensibilità compositiva di Sakevych conferma di essersi spostato piuttosto verso una impalpabile dimensione orchestrale, popolata da archi filtrati e lievi stratificazioni sintetiche.

Ne risultano paesaggi di un’ambience immersiva, le cui progressioni armoniche al rallentatore descrivono pacate sequenze emozionali, come una colonna sonora al tempo stesso contemplativa e coinvolgente. Altresì dotata del non comune dono della concisione, la sensibilità compositiva di Sakevych si sublima dunque in “The Vacation” in un saggio immaginifico di rarefatta orchestralità ambientale. // Music Won't Save You


Endless Melancholy, toch alleen al een naam om in te lijsten, is het project van de Oekraïense pianist Oleksiy Sakevych. Vanaf het debuut Music For Quiet Mornings (2012) is het onversneden melancholie wat hij naar buiten brengt. Dat doet hij met pianomuziek, maar dan wel met glitches, drones en subtiele elektronica. Hierdoor bevindt zijn muziek zich ergens tussen ambient, minimal music en neoklassiek. Ook op de vier albums erna, waarvan één split, past hij deze geweldige formule toe. Hij wordt er alleen steeds beter in en zijn muziek koerst ook vaker richting soundscapes en drones, waarbij de atmosfeer meer duister en emotioneel geladen wordt. Zojuist is zijn nieuwste album The Vacation verschenen. Hierop presenteert hij 8 tracks, die na ruim 38 minuten finishen. Vanaf de allereerst seconde weet hij je te grijpen, om vervolgens niet meer los te laten. De piano is nog vaag te ontdekken, maar die ligt onder dikke lagen gruis, drones en neoklassieke elementen. Aan de ene kant is het ijzig en zie je besneeuwde, desolate landschappen voor je en anderzijds heeft het ook iets zwoels, als een warme late zomernacht. Het eenzame aspect komt daar altijd wel in terug. In feite produceert Sakevych één narcotiserende stroom aan geluid, die bijna zo mooi is dat het zeer doet. Liefhebbers van Bersarin Quartett, Library Tapes, Olan Mill, Christoph Berg en Deaf Center zullen hier prima mee uit de voeten kunnen. Zijn allerbeste tot nu toe! // De Subjectivisten


Oleksiy Sakevych focuses on the heartache. His compositions are drenched in static, like abraded signals, the detritus of broadcasts and interstellar transmissions. There’s no one left. This is the last time these wonders will be seen through human eyes. Was it God or man that caused the catastrophe ~ and was this deserved? Should the family attempt to repopulate, or live out their life span? The sub-surface melodies are respectful yet forlorn, an elegy to the lost.

The family trundles on, adopting a trolley as their means of transportation. The world rushes by, but not that quickly. There’s still enough time to appreciate what remains ~ sunflowers, meadows, “stillness mixed with stillness.” Yet there is also love, as intimated by the piano, which takes its time to appear and plays only plaintive notes; and in the fitting cover art by Lita Akhmetova, which wraps the family in a halo. Why hurry when there is all the time in the world? // A Closer Listen


I’m not trying to make you cry -- I promise -- but if you want to feel any emotion close to the ‘elated’ end of the scale, this isn’t the music for you. Having said that… For an album packed with glacial synths drenched in tape hiss and half-speed Mogwai-ish melodies, it’s very nice. Those synths swoop in, then soar high and drift away toward the endless horizon. Not the sort of sound indicative of a clear day; on planet Endless Melancholy there is always a thick, fluffy bed of white cloud obscuring everything. It’s also a highly icy sound, which may console you on a future sweltering day like we’ve all enjoyed lately… right? // Norman Records



released June 27, 2017

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


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