So in short: what I hear is high quality minimal ambient, based on piano and soundscapes. How I feel about it? I'm in love...
Endless Melancholy is Oleksiy Sakevych, born and raised in Kiev, Ukraine. He also plays guitars and keyboards in post-rock outfit Sleeping Bear. However, he mainly is a pianist and composer who created this solo-project to express his love for classical music and ambient soundscapes. 'Her Name In A Language Of Starts' is already his sixth full-length and contains six original tracks, plus three remixes by Benoît Pioulard, Wil Bolton and Desolate Horizons.
All of these tracks contain similar ingredients, namely soundscapes, a touch of electro-acoustic instruments and loads of blissful atmosphere. In fact, it takes a few listens to be able to tell them apart but that doesn't have to be a set-back, on the contrary. The whole makes up for an hour of beautiful minimal music which might indeed resemble those elaborate musical landscapes I mentioned earlier. Yet, we are going to dig a little deeper into the instrumentals.
The album opens quietly with 'Tiny Box Of Memories'. Soft, soothing soundscapes floath gently through the air in perfect ambient tradition. Yet, here you can clearly notice a post-rock background in the way the track builds up, swells and become heavier. Some harsh guitar drones appear and the whole does indeed become something that Godspeed! You Black Emperor could become jealous about. 'Daydreaming' follows that example and is indeed best to be enjoyed with your eyes closed and your mind wandering.
The wandering may continue on 'Like Ships Without Anchors', drifting in an ocean of restful sounds. This song has a bit more melody, hidden beneath the layers of synths and drones. It too swells, grows and evolves and it too doesn't need any percussion to keep the listener interested. Title track 'Her Name In A Language Of Stars' perfectly combines all previously mentioned elements and becomes a great epitome of what Endless Melancholy is capable of.
I quite like the harsh guitar shrieks which appear every now and then. They enhance the post-rock feeling on this album but they also decrease the classical approach. In a way, the music on this album has very little to do with modern day composers like Olafur Arnalds or Nils Frahm, although 'Their Hearts Erased' is a beautiful and magical piece of modern day classical music, entwined with soothing sounds. 'Burial, When the Sun Sets' is the longest piece and also the darkest one. This is another beautiful composition, born out of the usual ingredients.
I'm not going to write about the remixes but I will mention that they're worth listening to as well. I think the six songs on this album are simply brilliant on their own and the whole makes up for a masterpiece of modern day ambient music. I'm going to stop writing now and enjoy the rest of this album with my eyes closed and my mind wandering off and that might last for the rest of the day...