Eluvium Copia

Eluvium Copia
Showcasing the incredible talents of composer Matthew Cooper, the name Eluvium has been synonymous with beguiling tones and guitar modulations for at least his two previous albums. But with Copia, Eluvium has taken a giant leap forward and the results are incredible. Moving beyond the constraints of guitar, Copia draws from a broad instrumental palette and each song ups the ante of layered haze and sublime music. To record dreaming would be to record Eluvium’s sound. It’s hard to pick out memorable moments from this album, since it works so well as one cohesive sonic statement, but "Prelude for Time Feelers” shows Eluvium’s artistic jump. Starting with a simple piano line, a little synth creeps in to fill out the empty space, never rushing the beat or the atmosphere. But, around the two-and-a- half-minute mark, a low French horn announces its appearance amongst a faster tempo and some strings, and that’s without the massive layering at the song’s climax. You really just want to get lost in Eluvium’s gauzy world. Copia bleeds warmth through every song, and if any album was a contender for continually making me cry, this would be it. Simply stunning. (Temporary Residence)