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So it’s a little strange hearing Eluvium sing at first. Not because Matthew Cooper can’t carry a tune; it's because he’s spent so many years sculpting icy instrumental pieces. While that ambient Eno angle is still in place on Similes, Cooper’s hushed melodies unfold like hazy storm clouds that never quite crack open. Moody but never menacing, these are songs you fall asleep to, from the spiraling piano progressions of “In Culmination” to the soothing drone tones of “Bending Dream” and “Nightmare 5.” And then there’s “Cease to Know,” an 11-minute closer that’s frozen in time and a fitting foil to the forest-clearing slowcore of “Leaves Eclipse the Light.” Listen long enough, and you might just float away along with its flickering chords. 

Customer Reviews


this much is obvious; mr. cooper knows what the hell he is doing. it's that simple. the decision to stray from purely instrumental tunes proves a good one. if the results were anything less than great, i'm sure they would have been omitted. it's obvious that the man has something very valid to offer with his physical voice both poetically and tonally. naesayers c'mon. if you enjoy an artist's work, don't put them in a creative box. after a couple listens, this is my best-so-far for 2010. the blending of elements and vibes is meticulous, tasteful, and to my ear, hooky. great job matthew.

regarding "apples & oranges"

as a huge fan of ambient music, like Eluvium, as well as music of all kinds styles - many with vocals, not to mention support for great labels like Temporary Residence Limited who encourage phenomenal visionary artists such as Eluvium to leap and bound into new sounds and evolving territories, i personally think this particular orange or apple tastes most unripe

unnecessary punctuated rhythms, poor use of bad vocals, pointless to even write words, and an otherwise effect-less mood. i respect that he has to grow somewhere, and will no doubt improve his interests and focus. i agree that with levels and layers like this it's still ambient and something to be entranced by in the fogs of foreground and background, but Similes feels more like the insult of having a narrator pointing things out in an otherwise challenging film.

Beautiful. Brilliant. Breathtaking.

This album is amazing from start to finish. The Percussion is really unique and creative. The vocals are wonderful. They do not take away from the beauty of this album at all. This might be eluvium's best!!!


Born: Tennessee

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Portland, Oregon resident Matthew Cooper records ambient music under the alias Eluvium. With effects-heavy guitar drones that would feel equally at home on an album by Brian Eno or Fennesz, his recordings obtained a passionate following among fans of post-rock and experimental indie. Over time, his sound grew and branched out, incorporating strings, vocals, pianos, and more overt classical influences. His debut release, Lambent Material, was released on the Temporary Residence imprint in 2003. The...
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