Stripping away pretty much all of the electronics and leaving skeletal piano pieces and stark string accompaniments, this is Endless Melancholy’s score for the documentary Ostroh: In the Shadow Of History. Delicate pieces that have the close personal feel of Living Room Songs by Ólafur Arnalds, and live up to the artist’s devastating name.
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Hello. My name is Jamie and I am Norman Records’ resident ‘sad and/or elegiac music’ specialist. Today your correspondent is over the [super]moon to discover this little gem in my review pile; so I’ll endeavour to report on the latest disc from that happiest of campers, Kiev’s Endless Melancholy (Oleksiy Sakevych) -- and boy does he live up to his name. Generally. But don’t we all know how what is often perceived as bleak can be beautiful, as is the case here.
The record contains 9 tracks of elegant piano pieces and soaring string arrangements to soundtrack the documentary In The Shadow Of History. About which, see more here: shadow.oa.edu.ua ... Appropriately grand themes for such deep and far-reaching subject matter are interspersed with brooding ambient soundscapes (‘1636’) -- a dislocated guitar here, powerful and soul-stirring drums there (‘There is No One Story’) -- and skeletal, twinkling keyboard ruminations (‘Echoes of The Past’, ‘The Decay’). Lovely stuff.
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