Eluvium is the moniker of Portland resident Matthew Cooper. As Eluvium, Cooper creates experimental, ambient compositions of music that makes you feel as if you are one with nature. It is as his name evokes – you will be one with the soil when you listen to his music.
Nightmare Ending is Cooper’s seventh full length record as Eluvium (he has done more under his own Matthew Cooper name). It is a double album that feels like a back-to-basics approach for Cooper following his more experimental takes on his last few outings. As opposed to his last full length, 2010’s Similes when he decided to incorporate his own vocals into his songs, Cooper has decided to stick with wordless lyric-less compositions. His work lends much better being that way anyway. You don’t need words to feel the pull and the ambiance of Eluvium‘s songs.
These wordless compositions hold true for all of the double record save for the final track. For that final track, Happiness, Cooper has reached out to Yo La Tengo front-man Ira Kaplan to sing on a piano-driven motif. It is an out-of-left-turn final showing for the record but seems oddly appropriate – an intimate inward beautiful closing to an album that brimmed with outward beauty.
Stream the gorgeous opening and closing tracks Don’t Get Any Closer and Happiness embedded below.
Eluvium – Nightmare Ending comes out 5/14 via Temporary Residence (order here)