Vyva Melinkolya
Vyva Melinkolya


4.0
excellent

Review

by Aberf USER (12 Reviews)
June 3rd, 2018 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: My name is Vyva Melinkolya

“I’m just staring at my shoes.”

Vyva Melinkolya is a solo project from Kentucky. It’s to say that ‘Vyva Melinkolya’ isn’t the artist’s actual name, but rather a trans-female named Alyc Diaz. Vyva Melinkolya’s self-titled album is a musical expression made to tell the autobiography of a Russian female, a story of love and its downward spiral. “Love’s Easy Years” is pleasant opening, a track that shows a doubtful yet hopeful feeling for the future of Vyva’s romantic life, then everything went south immediately, only the unpleasant events are left for Vyva.

In this album, Vyva isn’t just singing; she is also directly confessing her experiences in life. Although the vocals here are usually subtle and intentionally washed-up, it doesn’t stop Vyva Melinkolya from chronicling her story through this record’s atmosphere and densely layered wall of sound; the album can be boiled down into the subtly repetitive and hypnotic drums, followed by the buzzing, distorted guitars that evokes a subdued atmosphere. Although this record may seem homogeneous upon a first listen, there are more subtle details to unravel upon further analysis.

The main characteristic of this album is its progression, whereas the listening experience is much like the process of painting. It begins with vague, unclear dash of colors that slowly transform into a clear picture while the details are adding up, finally revealing a beautiful piece of art. Tracks like “Between” and “Eclipsing” are the major highlight, as they drone on, reaching a memorable climax of crashing pedal effects, but that doesn't keep the other tracks from being noteworthy; “Exist” is the special case. It’s a track that features a lone guitar passage with a minimalist synth effects to elude the essence of emptiness and it’s exemplified by the feeling of weary from Vyva’s whispery singing.

What differs Vyva Melinkolya from its contemporary shoegaze albums is its personality. More often than not, a shoegaze/dream pop record can sound pleasant yet soulless and dull, without much returning value in it. And unlike this self-titled album, the imagery of Vyva’s life that embedded so closely to its sound is what will its listener back. It’s a symbiosis mutualism to the subtlety of this record, something that takes time to grow. Let the life of Vyva Melinkolya grow on you.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Aberf
June 3rd 2018


3522 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Special Thanks to Bloon for proofreading.

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
June 3rd 2018


22210 Comments


Pos Aberf, good stuff. I have the feeling I am gonna enjoy this.

SteakByrnes
June 3rd 2018


21540 Comments


I thought your name was Abe

Good review fren

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TheSpaceMan
June 3rd 2018


13043 Comments


nice one, I'd argue all your semicolons should be a different punctuation, either commas or periods depending on the sentence. just a minor gripe.

glad you drove home the point that this is a grower cause uh i wasnt a fan first listen tbh

Toad
June 3rd 2018


2039 Comments


youve been repping this for a while so now i guess i gotta hop on it

Aberf
June 3rd 2018


3522 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Well, space. I'm addicted to using semi colon, please send help.

TheSpaceMan
June 3rd 2018


13043 Comments


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Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
June 3rd 2018


4444 Comments


Agreed with Spaceman on the semi-colon usage. "she is also directly confessing her experiences in life" is a very logical extension of what comes right before it and doesn't really work as an independent clause, so you may as well use a comma there. The other semi-colon you use in the second paragraph results in a 50-odd word run-on sentence, so a full-stop would work better.

Otherwise, neat little review.

Aberf
June 3rd 2018


3522 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks for the input, Pone. I'll keep it in mind when I'm writing my next review.

Conmaniac
June 3rd 2018


25891 Comments


yeah was also gonna comment on the semi colons hahah. but loveeeee that third paragraph. love describing music with painting. pos, will check this

Aberf
June 3rd 2018


3522 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

EDITED to add some more semicolons because I'm going crazy.



Jk, I actually edited few sentences to clear up some vagueness in them.

kevbogz
November 21st 2019


2638 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

just never picked up steam huh

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kevbogz
January 24th 2020


2638 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

new ep is killer

Aberf
January 24th 2020


3522 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Was good



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