Eluvium – Copia

Eluvium
Copia

This is probably one of the most beautiful albums I have ever heard. I know this is going to be hailed as Matthew Cooper’s watershed album, his landmark contribution to the ambient scene, if you can even call it that. 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.

Starting off with “Amreik”, one of my favorite pieces on the album, there is a beautiful line played by Cooper using brass to great effect, with some lush strings underneath. My next favorite song is “Prelude For Time Feelers”, using an elegant circular piano line, recalling Phillip Glass at his finest. There are a few moments that sound like classic Eluvium with some great ambient parts, but for the most part this is a just an amazingly pretty and graceful album taking a brave new bold step in the right direction for Cooper. The other track that really stands out for me is Reciting The Airships. Another song relying heavily on piano and some lush synthesizers, it reminds me of another song, I just can’t place my finger on it.

If there was ever a moment when you doubted music, this is the album to renew your faith in it. I can’t wait to hear the new Eluvium album, and to see Matthew Cooper pull this off live.