So what can you expect from an artist called Endless Melancholy? Fragile, the third full length from Ukrainian Oleksiy Sakevych deals in exquisite ambient piano in the vein of Olafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm. Makes you want to dig out Attenborough’s latest nature docs, and that’s no bad thing. Out on vinyl LP from Hidden Vibes.
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Well it really sums up what my work colleagues think of me when I get passed a record to review called Endless Melancholy. They are pretty spot on though, I’ve never been a big fan of bouncy happy music, so it is to my advantage that this LP on the Hidden Vibes label is drenched in sadness with soaring strings and melodic piano, ticking all the right boxes for those of us who favour all this kind of post-rock/neo-classical ambient stuff. This is the third album from Oleksiy Sakevych and his Endless Melancholy project, mastered by the legendary James Plotkin (ex Earache metal heads O.L.D.). It's mostly piano-led apart from the odd viola and cello that is a beautiful modern classical sound which recalls Nils Frahm, Olafur Arnalds and the more epic soundscapes of Yann Tiersen.
There are varying moods across the album that start with big orchestral themes and can quickly turn towards dark brooding melancholy (as the title suggests!). As I do get a lot of this sort of stuff thrusted upon me I do sometimes find it hard to differentiate one artist from the next but this has a special kind of something, embrace the melancholy. Sadness is underrated you know!
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