Bio

Eluvium is the recording project of Matthew Robert Cooper, a Portland-based musician and composer whose work is a mesmerizing blend of ambience, electronics, classical piano, drone, shoegaze, and minimalism. Since 2003 Cooper's output (including six full-length albums) has been primarily released by New York City label Temporary Residence Limited. He has released music under his birth name and as Martin Eden, recorded in duos Inventions and Concert Silence, and collaborated with Peter Broderick.

Reviews

Dusted Reviews: Eluvium - Nightmare Ending

If these are Matthew Cooper's nightmares, I can only imagine what his pleasant dreams are like. Bunnies made of clouds? Baby deer that only want to hug? While the title of Eluvium's latest album suggests a foray into metal, the music heard within takes on a more soothing mode -- something listeners to previous Eluvium fare will find themselves unsurprised by... Read More »

Eluvium – Nightmare Ending | Album Reviews | musicOMH

Even if no other ambient album this year will surpass Mountains' stunning Centralia, Portland-based ambient recording artist Matthew Cooper's latest deserves consideration alongside it. With Nightmare Ending, Cooper, who goes by the moniker Eluvium, has bounced back after 2010's Similes, the disappointing follow up to 2007's excellent Copia... Read More »

Eluvium - Nightmare Ending / Releases / Releases // Drowned In Sound

Readers of a certain age may remember the furore created by the news: Dylan has gone electric! Bob Dylan's (in)famous transition to playing guitars you have to plug in during his 1965 tour might not seem that seismic after all these years, but at the time, amidst cries of 'Judas!' and 'traitor!' from the bearded faithful, the effect was... electric. It was the same way in 2010 when Matthew Cooper - he who essentially is Eluvium - released Similes: the outrage and indignation were palpable... Read More »

Eluvium: Nightmare Ending | Album Reviews | Pitchfork

Ambient music has plenty of stargazers, but not many stars. There are so many people working in subtly different but broadly similar styles, and so much of their music is less keen to develop the individual persona than to dissolve it in a universalist hum. One exception is Matthew Cooper, who has spent the past decade becoming a touchstone for contemporary indie ambient music... Read More »

Eluvium, 'Nightmare Ending' (Temporary Residence) | SPIN | Albums | SPIN Essentials

8 SPIN Essentials Release Date: May 13, 2013Label: Temporary Residence Eluvium Over the past 10 years, ambient drift-maker Eluvium, a.k.a. Portland's Matthew Cooper, has built a five-record discography that should rightfully make him the Brian Eno of the Grizzly Bear set... Read More »

Eluvium: Nightmare Ending | PopMatters

My eyes choose to blur For an artist who has stuck resolutely to a particular sound and genre, Matthew Cooper's work as Eluvium shows a commendably broad range. Within the triangulation points of ambient warmth, steady drone, and pointillist, emotive piano playing Cooper has touched on everything from Fennesz-style fuzz to sci-fi tinged string arrangements to even, on 2010's fine Similes, a little bit of singing... Read More »

Eluvium - Nightmare Ending | mxdwn.com High Fidelity

Goto commentsLeave a commentTweetShare Daydream Beginning Eluvium: Noun. 1. Residual deposits of soil, dust and rock particles produced by the action of the wind. 2. One stage name of Matthew Cooper, experimental electronic musician. Nightmare Ending is Cooper's most recent album, a meandering collection of thickly atmospheric pieces that are as naturalistic as the artist's pseudonym implies. Here, Eluvium composes the score of his own unknowable film... Read More »

Album Review: Eluvium – Nightmare Ending | Consequence of Sound

Even scarier than the nightmare is waking from it. You snap out of whatever horror you've cooked for yourself, look at the clock, and try to remember how to read numbers. The room feels like it's in another country. You get up and check: the planet's not shaking. No one is chasing you. No one you love has died. It takes a moment for waking consciousness to become concrete again. When it does, it comes with a strange, queasy relief... Read More »

Eluvium - Leaves Eclipse the Light (from pitchfork)

A lot of Eluvium's music is really good, especially the album Copia, where he struck a majestic balance between his ambient and quasi-classical styles-- a mixture he'd been perfecting over nearly a decade's worth of releases. And it's not hard to sympathize with the modern musician's need to monetize everything to get by... Read More »

Eluvium - When I Live by the Garden and the Sea EP (from pitchfork)

Over the course of his three previous full-length albums as Eluvium, Portland-based composer Matthew Cooper has carved himself a handsome niche by working a wide range of minimalist textures, ranging from solo piano pieces to densely layered immersive drones... Read More »

News

LISTEN: Inventions - Peregrine

&version; Inventions, the collaborative project of <span>Eluvium</span>'s Matthew Cooper and Explosions In The Sky's Mark T. Smith, are currently prepping the release of their second album, Maze Of Woods, via Bella Union, due next month. With the video for lead track 'Springworlds' premiered already (you can watch it at the foot of this story), tQ is happy to offer you the first stream for album track 'Peregrine', above. Continuing in the vein of 'Springworlds', 'Peregrine' is a sprawling, largely ambient piece underpinned by the respective talents of both Cooper and Smith. Maze Of Woods, the successor Read More »

Friday Music News

and others will join a stellar lineup that also includes TV on the Radio, Foxygen, of Montreal, !!!, Trampled by Turtles, YACHT, Craft Spells, Twerps, Hurray For The Riff Raff, and more. Treefort sets up in downtown Boise, ID, on March 25-29. Find out more here. Matthew Cooper of <span>Eluvium</span> and Mark T. Smith of Explosions in the Sky have teamed up to become Inventions. The duo will release their album Maze of Woods on March 17. Today they've shared the animated video for album track "Springworlds." Watch below. [Pitchfork] Swedish post-punk outfit Makthaverskan have shared "Witness." The intense Read More »

Inventions (Explosions in the Sky, Eluvium Members) Share Animated &#34;Springworlds&#34; Video

Explosions in the Sky's Mark T. Smith and <span>Eluvium</span>'s Matthew Cooper are Inventions, and their new album, Maze of Woods, is out March 17. Now, they've shared the video for "Springworlds". Directed by Dan W. Jacobs, it shows an animated figure exploring the world by himself. Check it out below via the Creators Project. Inventions (Explosions in the Sky, <span>Eluvium</span> Members) Share Animated &#34;Springworlds&#34; Video Read More »

Inventions Announce New Album Maze Of Woods For March 2015 Release

Tweet It seems like Explosions In The Sky's Mark T. Smith and <span>Eluvium</span>'s Matthew Cooper collaboration named Inventions is indeed fruitful. Because releasing an album every year is a hell lot of work, especially for a side project. Maze of Woods, a follow-up to the band's debut eponymous album, is announced for release for March 17 on Temporary Residence Ltd. As reported by Pitchfork, the digital release of the album comes with a three-track remix EP featuring the Field, Leyland Kirby, and A Winged Victory for the Sullen. Together with the LP announcement, duo revealed their maiden single from ... flourishes of sustained bliss and warmth that you rarely experience with today's creators." Enjoy the beautiful music by clicking "Play" below. Maze of Woods Tracklist: 1. Escapers 2. Springworlds 3. Peregrine 4. Slow Breathing Circuit 5. A Wind From All Directions 6. Wolfkids 7. Moanmusic 8. Feeling The Sun Thru The Earth At Night Maze of Woods Remixed EP: 1. Peregrine (The Field Remix) 2. Springworlds (Leyland Kirby Remix) 3. Slow Breathing Circuit (A Winged Victory For the Sullen Remix) Search for <span>Eluvium</span> albums on Amazon Tweet Inventions Announce New Album Maze Of Woods For March 2015 Release Read More »

New Album Roundup: Four Tet, James Blake, Purity Ring, More

Brotherhood . The Nashville band will release its second Warner Bros. album, Wasted on the Dream , on March 10. It's the follow-up to 2012′s Hypnotic Nights , and you can hear "Coat Check Girl" below. A new album is also on the way from Explosions in the Sky 's Mark T. Smith and <span>Eluvium 's</span> Matthew Cooper. Together, they released a self-titled album last year under the name Inventions, and they'll follow it with Maze of Woods on March 17 via Temporary Residence / Bella Union . Listen to "Springworlds" below. From Montreal, Doldrums have signed to Sub Pop . The group led by DJ/producer/performer Airick Woodhead released Read More »

Inventions (Explosions in the Sky, Eluvium Members) Announce Maze of Woods, Share &#34;Springworlds&#34;

Explosions in the Sky's Mark T. Smith and <span>Eluvium</span>'s Matthew Cooper are Inventions, and they've just announced their next album. Maze of Woods is out March 17 via Temporary Residence in the U.S. and Bella Union in the UK. That's "Springworlds" above. It follows their 2014 debut. The digital release of the album comes with a three-track remix EP featuring the Field, Leyland Kirby, and A Winged Victory for the Sullen. According to the album's press release, Maze of Woods was inspired by the final paragraph of Denis Johnson's Train Dreams, which features a description of a feral wolf boy's howl. In ... as a band) off from touring. "This is because we'll be spending most of our time writing and recording stuff for a new album." Read the full message here. Maze of Woods: 01 Escapers 02 Springworlds 03 Peregrine 04 Slow Breathing Circuit 05 A Wind From All Directions 06 Wolfkids 07 Moanmusic 08 Feeling the Sun Thru the Earth at Night Maze of Woods Remixed EP: 01 Peregrine (The Field Remix) 02 Springworlds (Leyland Kirby Remix) 03 Slow Breathing Circuit (A Winged Victory For the Sullen Remix) Inventions (Explosions in the Sky, <span>Eluvium</span> Members) Announce Maze of Woods, Share &#34;Springworlds&#34; Read More »

Future Of The Left help homeless on new album

in alternative music who have donated new and exclusive material to a new album called Music For A Good Home 3 to raise money for UK housing and homelessness charity Shelter. Music For a Good Home 3 takes in everything from the woozy electronica of Barn Owl, Pye Corner Audio and <span>Eluvium</span>, through to the earnest songwriting of Tall Firs and Dave Heumann (Arbouretum). There's also the offbeat pop of Grumbling Fur and Esben and the Witch, going alongside the off-the-wall experimentation of Magik Markers, Chrome Hoof and Xiu Xiu. The album, which also features Dirty Beaches and Metz on its 31-strong ... Bogwalker (exclusive) 5.Seefeel ' Ever Me (demo) (exclusive) 6.Esben and the Witch ' Strangers in a Sunless Valley (exclusive) 7.Pye Corner Audio ' Tension (exclusive) 8.Dirty Beaches ' Diaspora (exclusive) 9.Metz ' Leave Me Out 10.The Fauns ' 7 Hours (Lost Bass demo mix) (exclusive) 11.<span>Eluvium</span> ' Cognition Interlace (exclusive) 12.Tall Firs ' Shovel Handle (exclusive) 13.Fixers ' I Think This City Needs A Beach (We Need A Wasteland) (exclusive) 14.Flowers of Hell ' Heiligen (exclusive) 15.Belbury Poly ' The Glomp (exclusive) 16.Dave Heumann (Arbouretum) ' Willi O' Winsbury (exclusive) 17.Barn Read More »

Agalloch Streams New Album 'The Serpent & The Sphere' | Prefix

moments to raucous, melodic tracks like "The Astral Dialogue." The album looks both backward and forward, continuing the band's unique brand of folk-influenced black-metal. The Serpent & The Sphere is currently streaming through NPR Music and is now available through Profound Lore Records. Take a listen to "Celestial Effigy" off of The Serpent & The Sphere below. <span>Eluvium</span>, Explosions in the Sky, Inventions, Mark T. Smith, Matthew Cooper - Stream The New Album From Inventions (Elvium And Explosions In The Sky)Sponsored Content Agalloch Streams New Album 'The Serpent & The Sphere' | Prefix Read More »

Album Of The Week: Cloud Nothings Here And Nowhere Else

Nowhere Else is out now on Carpark/Mom + Pop. Stream it here. Other notable releases this week: • Mac DeMarco's woozy, relatively mature Salad Days. • S. Carey's ornate, orchestral folk-rocker Range Of Light. • Pure X's blurry, reverb-drenched Angel. • Explosions In The Sky/<span>Eluvium</span> side project Inventions' self-titled epic-ambient debut. • White Hinterland's R&B-fueled experiment Baby. • Architecture In Helsinki's bouncy, shamelessly poppy NOW + 4EVA. • Saintseneca's adventurous DIY folker Dark Arc. • The Body's sputtering, noisy, barely-metal Haxan Cloak collab I Shall Die Here. • Read More »

Listen: Inventions - Peaceable Child

Ambient instrumentalists Inventions have shared the first single form their self-titled debut album, due out in April. The new project from Explosions in The Sky guitarist Mark T. Smith and multi-instrumentalist Matthew Cooper from <span>Eluvium</span>, their first offering tends toward the minimalism of Coopers previous work but with a certain brightness that is no doubt the influence of Smith. Check out new track 'Peaceable Child' below... Listen: Inventions - Peaceable Child Read More »

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