Portland’s ambient dramatist Matthew Cooper aka Eluvium has gradually refined and expanded his palette over four albums, his meditative pieces pivoting on fixed loops, pianos, guitars, sometimes in combination but often alone. By 2007′s excellent Copia, Cooper’s pieces were laced with strings and brass, leaving vocals and percussion — most other artist’s base points — as the only devices he’d yet to incorporate. So that’s what we have Similies for. Eluvium’s forthcoming fifth full-length LP is preceded by the elegant “The Motion Makes Me Last,” in which a spacious piano figure and tiny, insistent tapping underline Matthew’s newly revealed, quavering baritone — “a vessel between two places I’ve never been” — awash in the looped drone of hypnotic, buzzing sympathetic strings. Post-holiday weeks are always oddly transitional; close your eyes and bliss out to this one, you’ll feel better. Promise.

(via P4K)

Similies is out 2/23 via Temporary Residence.

Comments (5)
  1. This is Headhphone heaven:

    Been a fan for years but this is so great and diffrent. Piano’s stay in tact and the ambient sounds that i’m so familiar with are solid as ever, but the vocals is what makes this new and exciting. I’m suprised no one else wrote anything about this yet, way to underrated…….

    Imagine Explosions in the sky combined with radiohead when they made ” The Bends”

    Anyway this deserves to be listen to 7 more times so i’ll end this now..

    I’m a big time Eluvium fan, and adding vocals makes this by far my most anticipated album of 2010. I’m usually not an internet-slanging all-caps type, but OMG SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. This song is excellent! Really upping the ante.

  4. Wow, never heard of this guy before, but i must say i’m glad i have now. Thank you Stereogum.

  5. New for me too, love this guys sound.

    Thanks SG

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