On the fifth Endless Melancholy album listeners will find that kind of barely moving ambient music that appears to stay very still and rush at the same time. Quiet keys, the bustle of tape hiss and atmospheric recordings share the sonic environment with endless, feather light drones, perfect for far gazing nights.

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The Vacation by Endless Melancholy
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7/10 Jamie 12 July 2017

Not ‘Endless Vacation’ (don’t we all wish) as I just typed into our site’s beautiful search engine, but in fact this cd is The Vacation by the (endlessly melancholic) Endless Melancholy; perfect for the start of another sad day in the office. Blame the too-many-staff-to-cafetiere-capacity ratio: I’ve not had my caffeine fix this morning, but I’m OK for now. I have my water bottle.

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?

Caveat emptor: when those low drones steadily build to an emotional peak you may still have a weep. But that may well be the catharsis you need.

Update: Laurie has very kindly ensured I have my mug of caffeine, and very nice it is too. Three cheers for Loz, everyone.



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