First, download “The Motion Makes Me Last,” the spacious, coruscating lead track from Matthew Cooper aka Eluvium’s forthcoming fifth full-length Similes. It’s great. As mentioned then, the ambient Portland multi-instrumentalist has been expanding and refining his palette over four albums, his pieces pivoting on fixed loops, pianos, guitars, sometimes in combination but often alone. 2007’s Copia introduced strings and brass; with Similes, Cooper’s finally brought vocals and percussion to his airy aural patchworks. Where previous Similes track “The Motion…” centered on an elegant piano figure and buzzing sympathetic strings, here its percussion, echoed and trickling like water drips, that provide the undertow, a dank bed for Eluvium’s buried baritone and softly suspended instrumentals. Lovely stuff for getting lost into:
Eluvium – “Leaves Eclipse The Light” (MP3)
Similies is out 2/23 via Temporary Residence.