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33 Musicians Discuss Their Favorite Radiohead Songs

From star-studded guest lists to an audible influence on several generations of bands, Radiohead’s fan base has always included quite a few of their fellow rock stars. We polled dozens of notable musicians about their favorite Radiohead songs, and this is how they responded. More »

By: Stereogum / March 10, 2015 - 10:42 am

Inventions – “Escapers”

Inventions, the duo of Eluvium’s Matthew T. Cooper and Explosions In The Sky’s Mark T. Smith, are about to release Maze Of Woods, their second album of glassy organic ambient music, out into the world. We’ve posted the early tracks “Springwords” and “Peregrine,” as well as the Field’s remix of the latter. “Escapers,” the third… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 2, 2015 - 1:32 pm

Inventions – “Peregrine (The Field Remix)”

Inventions are the duo of Matthew T. Cooper, who makes glassy organic ambient music as Eluvium, and Mark T. Smith, who makes triumphant instrumental post-rock with Explosions In The Sky. Together, they make slow, patient, thrumming pieces of beauty like “Peregrine,” a single from their forthcoming album Maze Of Woods. The Field, the Swedish minimal… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 23, 2015 - 1:09 pm

Inventions – “Peregrine”

The peregrine falcon is the fastest animal on earth, a bird that can reach speeds of 200 miles per hour in flight. “Peregrine,” on the other hand, is a slow and pretty instrumental song from Inventions, the side project of Eluvium’s Matthew T. Cooper and Explosions In The Sky’s Mark T. Smith. The duo will… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 9, 2015 - 1:25 pm

Inventions – “Springworlds” Video

Last year, the ambient stargazers in Inventions — Explosions In The Sky’s Mark T. Smith and Eluvium’s Matthew Cooper — released their twinkling post-rock debut. Last month, the pair shared “Springworlds,” the gorgeous first single from their second LP, Maze Of Woods. Now, they’ve teamed up with British animator/motion designer Dan Jacobs for an equally… More »

By: Patrick Hosken / February 5, 2015 - 12:43 pm

Inventions – “Springworlds”

Inventions — the collaboration between Explosions In The Sky’s Mark T. Smith and Eluvium’s Matthew Cooper — have announced the follow-up to their self-titled debut, which was released last year. Maze Of Woods is due out on March 17th, and they’ve shared a new track called “Springworlds” to kick things off. It’s a melodic and… More »

By: James Rettig / January 13, 2015 - 11:14 am

Inventions – “Peaceable Child”

Two titans of dramatic, emotional instrumental music come together in the new project Inventions: Matthew Cooper, better known as Eluvium, and Explosions In The Sky guitarist Mark T. Smith. We’ve already posted “Entity,” an early track from their forthcoming self-titled debut. Now, following that, we get “Peaceable Child,” seven and a half minutes of placid,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 26, 2014 - 3:59 pm

Inventions – “Entity”

Inventions is the new side project of ambient music titan Matthew Cooper, otherwise known as Eluvium, and Explosions In the Sky member Mark T. Smith. They’ll release their self-titled debut this spring, and they’ve just shared a song from the album, six minutes of amorphously gorgeous synth-tones called “Entity.” If you’re making a documentary about… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 28, 2014 - 11:18 am

Stream Eluvium Nightmare Ending

Portland ambient music baron Matthew Cooper has been recording as Eluvium for a decade, though when we last heard from him, he was flirting with the sound of his own voice on 2010’s Similes. Cooper’s new double album Nightmare Ending, however, returns him to the painfully gorgeous instrumental seascapes that first made his name, though… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 6, 2013 - 9:34 am

Eluvium – “Happiness” (Feat. Ira Kaplan)

35 years ago Brian Eno wrote the famous rule that ambient music must be “as ignorable as it is interesting” on the back of his massively influential Ambient 1: Music For Airports — of course by the last track of that album the statement felt a lot more tongue in cheek; how could anyone ignore… More »

By: Miles Bowe / April 30, 2013 - 3:32 pm

Stereogum Monthly Mix: April 2013

After experimenting with three formats for the Monthly Mix — MP3 zip, Spotify playlist, Soundcloud set, etc. — in March we finally came upon a solution that pleased everyone: all of them. And so, for you, here is the month’s music, whittled down to its very best, via each of the aforementioned mediums, limited only… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 30, 2013 - 12:30 pm

Eluvium – “Entendre”

Eluvium’s forthcoming double-disc sprawl Nightmare Ending is full of achingly emotive acoustic ambient music, and we’ve already posted his tracks “Don’t Get Any Closer” and “Envenom Mettle.” The latest piece he’s shared, the delicate and piano-based “Entendre,” sounds like the score to a scene of Steve Carrell coming to terms with his wife’s death. If… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 10, 2013 - 5:10 pm

Eluvium – “Envenom Mettle” (Stereogum Premiere)

The Pacific Northwestern ambient-music enigma, who’s been recording as Eluvium for long enough to earn veteran status, is getting set to release Nightmare Ending, the massive new double-disc album that returns him to instrumental music after experimenting with vocals on 2010’s Similes. We’ve already posted the album opener “Don’t Get Any Closer,” and now we’ve… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 5, 2013 - 1:09 pm

Eluvium – “Don’t Get Any Closer”

It’s hard to believe that this spring it will have been 10 years since we were introduced to the achingly beautiful music of Matthew Cooper through the ambient classic Lambent Material, his debut as Eluvium. While some might think of ambient music as something to put you into a trance, Eluvium’s music has always felt… More »

By: Miles Bowe / February 19, 2013 - 5:08 pm

Stream Eluvium Similes

We’ve sampled a few gorgeous bits from Eluvium’s latest dash of hypnotic headphone candy, now you can hear the entire collection through the weekend over at NPR. More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 18, 2010 - 2:06 pm

Eluvium – “The Motion Makes Me Last” Video

With “The Motion Makes Me Last” and “Leaves Eclipse The Light,” Portland’s resident ambient master Matthew Cooper has given two fine, refined previews from the first LP to feature his voice, Similes. Director Matt McCormick handles visualizing the spacious piano and buzzing drone of “The Motion” here with an extended single shot of Eluvium’s hometow… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 10, 2010 - 8:54 am

New Eluvium – “Leaves Eclipse The Light” (Stereogum Premiere)

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. More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 6, 2010 - 11:10 am

New Eluvium – “The Motion Makes Me Last”

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 –… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 3, 2009 - 3:48 pm

Explosions In The Sky/No Age/Eluvium @ The Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles 6/27/09

For 10 years now, Austin’s Explosions In The Sky have been putting their stamp on a cinematic strain of expansive, chiming instrumental post-rock. This tour is functioning as something of a decade-anniversary celebration, then, with Munaf thanking the Palladium Saturday night for getting emotional with them for all these years. They should thank Friday NightMore »

By: Amrit Singh / June 29, 2009 - 4:38 pm