Eluvium, Talk Amongst the Trees

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Warm, tranquil, and deeply evocative

Like a Brian Eno of the Great Plains, Matthew Cooper — a.k.a. Eluvium — creates pools of sound that are warm, tranquil, and deeply evocative. Unlike Eno, though, whose early electronic compositions frequently seemed like reflections of an increasingly technologized society, there's something pastoral and organic about Cooper's songs. "New Animals From the Air" is the sound of mist settling — a long, hazy drone that gets more opaque as it progresses, small dewdrops of guitar twinkling out from behind gauzy synthesizers. "Taken" has the gentle insistence of Neu!, a steady pattern of notes ringing evenly and consistently. Cooper's greatest strength is his ability to make these songs — each of which are little more than a series of repeated tonal surges — stirring and distinct.