March 24, 2008

Eluvium - Copia

Artist: Eluvium
Album: Copia
Year: 2007
Genre: Electronica, Instrumental ,Ambient

(aka Matthew Cooper) musically moves off in a dramatic new direction on Copia, his fourth album. Having already eschewed guitars, Cooper now leaves behind the heavily electronic feel of his previous set, Talk Amongst the Trees, plumping instead for an orchestral sound and majestic air that permeate this entire set.Sounding more like a classical record than anything else, this is by no means a background record. Gone are the whirls of Kevin Shields-esque guitar that were prevalent on his previous releases, instead replaced by strings, brass, keyboards and piano. It grabs you with its gorgeous swelling and ebbing strings, stunning piano movements, and warm brass that just adds a whole other element to the album. Cooper is a master of imagination, leaving you the keys to the endless worlds in which Copia resides. Whichever way you see it, Eluvium is going down in history as one of the innovators of contemporary ambience.A magnificent set, awash in textures, atmospheres, moods, and emotion!


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