Louisville native Matthew Cooper, who works under the moniker Eluvium, recently released Nightmare Ending on Temporary Residence Records. Several singles from the records have already been noted in this space. Reviews are being posted; here are a couple:
Robert Ham at Willamet Week says this:
“Ambient music is a dangerous proposition for even the most studied of musicians. The combination of elongated drones, stillness and washes of synth has to be measured precisely, or the whole soufflé is going to collapse. For the most part, Matthew Cooper, the musician who records under the name Eluvium, has the formula down pat.
Yet on his latest collection, Nightmare Ending, far too many of the songs fail to cohere.”
Read the rest of his comments here.
Eli Kleman at SputnickMusic begins this way:
“When Nightmare Ending really hit me, I was driving down the freeway on a warm day with the windows rolled down. Strange, really, as connecting with ambient music has always been easiest in seclusion and isolation; introverted scenarios for introverted music. Yet Eluvium’s seventh album bucks such an idea, and with it, its very own beginnings. Nightmare Ending was a concept born from Matthew Cooper’s intense perfectionism. It stood as a way to loosen his hold on his music and embrace the inherent flaws within. Perhaps this is what gives the album its surprisingly open feeling. Rather than retract into himself, chasing after perfection that will always be from reach, Eluvium for once has laid himself bare for all to see. The result is a humanizing piece of work that shows us Matthew Cooper the man, as well as Eluvium the artist.”
Read the rest here
NPR has a stream of the whole album at www.npr.org/2013/05/05/180877593/first-listen-eluvium-nightmare-ending