Endless Melancholy

Kyiv, Ukraine

Distant Shores


Behind the Music

The recording process for The Outlaw Ocean project was surprisingly smooth and prolific. I normally spend quite some time seeking inspiration and choosing a theme, but here, the theme was already given. The ocean has always inspired me and I have released music dedicated to it before. This time though, I looked at the ocean from a different angle. Participating in this project made me realize how huge and boundless the ocean is. I always had romantic views about the ocean, but this project showed me that there is another, more shady side to the sea.

While working on The Outlaw Ocean Music Project, I enjoyed everything about the process. My favorite sounds were those of waves crashing. I also enjoyed the recording of radio conversations. I think that my music leaves enough space for the imagination. It plays with the listeners' emotions, and each listener may find something different in it. But on this “Distant Shores” EP, it's a bit different. I believe that the music, the sound samples and the song titles tell an interesting and exciting story. I do hope it encourages more people to read “The Outlaw Ocean.” 

It's a big pleasure to be a tiny part of this. Ian does very important work and I am very grateful for his invitation to work on this project.

Endless Melancholy
About Endless Melancholy

Endless Melancholy is a music project currently based in Kyiv, Ukraine, which focuses on creating minimal piano and ambient sounds. Launched in the fall of 2011 by a self-taught musician, Oleksiy Sakevych, Endless Melancholy was meant to explore the different sides of melancholy through instrumental music. Endless Melancholy has released several albums and EP's with different independent labels. During the project's life cycle, Oleksiy has collaborated with numerous like-minded artists, such as Lights Dim, Desolate Horizons and Eus, as well as shared the stage with such notable acts as KAUAN and Heinali.

Endless Melancholy’s music has gotten numerous features on the KEXP radio show, “Pacific Notions.” Bandcamp also featured the project on their Bandcamp Daily article, “Ten Artists From Ukraine’s Vanguard Electronic Scene.”

Oleksiy also plays the guitar and keys in the post-rock full-band, Sleeping Bear.

The Journalism behind the Music

All music in this project is based on The Outlaw Ocean, a New York Times Best-Selling book by Ian Urbina that chronicles lawlessness at sea around the world. This reporting touches on a diversity of abuses ranging from illegal and overfishing, arms trafficking at sea, human slavery, gun running, intentional dumping, murder of stowaways, thievery of ships and other topics.

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