Entries tagged with: Eluvium
by Klaus Kinski
I can count on one hand the number of bands or musicians whose potential upcoming new releases can awake any sort of interest in my pea-brain. One such artist is Eluvium aka Matthew Cooper. I first encountered Eluvium at Webster Hall back in 2007 where he shared a bill with Explosions in the Sky and the Paper Chase. I had just made it through the door to the venue when he started playing and when I made my way to the ballroom I was greeted by an extremely dark room swelling with an incredibly rich wall of repetitious sound. I was absolutely transfixed by how full the sound was and how the sounds grew and changed subtly through its repetitive and ambient nature. It was hypnotic. The following payday I bought every single solitary Eluvium/Matthew Cooper release I could get my hands and will continue to do so as long as he keeps making sounds.
Matthew Cooper keeps his internet presence to a minimum, only really updating his website when he has project-related news on the horizon. Shortly after 2013 landed on our doorsteps, Cooper updated his website with the news that a full length was done and coming soon, that he was working on a new film score, and that the "pedals / petals" 10 inch will see release on Cameron Crowe's Vinyl-Films imprint shortly. Then on February 7 Cooper announced that his new album, "Nightmare Ending", will be coming out May 14 via Temporary Residence Ltd. Then on March 2, Matthew leaked a track from the forthcoming album called "Don't Get Any Closer." In typical Eluvium fashion, this 9-minute piano-based ambient masterpiece is a slow-moving tapestry of sound beginning with a slow fade-in that glacially evolves until finally resolving in a symphonic breath of sound. At risk of sounding like a total douche, I have to say that his subtle incorporation of church organ gave me chills.
Then, finally, on April 9, Cooper announced that it was pre-order time. At the pre-order page one can opt for the album download & poster package for $40 or a 2 CD set option for a super reasonable $12. Also at the page, Temporary Residence has generously posted a whopping 4 tracks which you can stream at your leisure, which I am doing as we speak. You can also stream said tracks below. And if you are a savvy follower of Eluvium, you would have seen that these tracks premiered at certain websites during the past few weeks. You can also see two videos below of Eluvium at the Webster Hall show I mentioned up there. Let's hope his next website update features tour dates including several NYC area appearances.
Streams and videos below...
Toronto art pop musician Sandro Perri has a few dates scheduled to take place surrounding his appearance at this year's FYF Fest. They're a bit scattered at the moment so it looks like more might be revealed, but we know that one of them is a NYC show which happens on September 20 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All currently known dates are listed below.
Sandro Perri is also one of the many musicians being featured on the new Arthur Russell tribute album, This Is How We Walk on the Moon, that AIDS organization Red Hot (who are also responsible for Dark Was the Night, Red Hot + Rio and many other compilations) and Pitchfork are putting out. Sandro will join Robyn, Cut Copy, Hot Chip, Dan Boeckner, Twin Shadow, Washed Out, Laurel Halo, Sam Amidon, Devendra Banhart, Olof Arnalds, Jose Gonzalez, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, Chad VanGaalen, Glen Hansard, and many others for the album. The project is being funded on kickstarter. The Kickstarter video and a list of all participating artists is below.
Earlier this year, DFA put out a remix 12" of material from Sandro's 2011 LP, Impossible Spaces. The stream of Eluvium's remix of "Changes," a list of all currently known Sandro Perri dates, and the Arthur Russell tribute info are below.
photos by Autumn Andel
Neurosis / The Antlers
Typhoon played a great set with thirteen people on stage, a friend notes that every time she sees the band there's someone else in it. After their set, lead singer Kyle Morton goes and sits with his family in the crowd after and obliges a female fan who asks to take a picture with him...Day four of MusicFestNW was, for some, a day of high drama and emotion. Any time you put the swelling post-rock of Explosions In The Sky, the tense and powerful Neurosis, the shimmering beauty of The Antlers, and psychedelic soundtracking of Grails and Eluvium in one place, there's bound to be some epic moments (even if they're not all appreciated).
The incredibly good-looking boys in Antlers are nearly as sedate as the comatose crowd filling the square. Good thing the crowd is almost as incredibly good-looking as the boys in Antlers. I am distracting myself with untoward thoughts until something interesting happens...
Here's the thing I don't get about Explosions in the Sky: There's really no reason for them to be an instrumental band. Their music isn't evocative enough to NOT require a singer. All the dudes are currently rocking out in great disproportion to the actual rock-out quality of the music. We head to Virginia Cafe. Uh oh...
It's been four years since Neurosis last played Portland. For the full house at Roseland tonight, this is like going to church....
I don't get easily overwhelmed at concerts, but I don't know how much more of Neurosis I can handle. Standing by the PA speakers, my puny earplugs aren't standing much of a chance. And damn if they don't look possessed up there on stage. It's one of the most amazing things I've ever witnessed but am so tired that it's starting to scare me a little bit. - [Williamette Week]
More pictures from Day 4, at Pioneer Square and Roseland Theater, below...
photos by Winnie Cheung, words by Klaus Kinski
DOWNLOAD Eluvium - An Accidental Memory In The Case Of Death (MP3)
DOWNLOAD Matthew Cooper - Some Days Are Better Than Others (MP3)
Explosions In The Sky
If it wasn't for BV, I never would have had my first Explosions in the Sky/Eluvium experience on September 2, 2006 at Bowery Ballroom. At that time, a friend told me that the Temporary Residence produced show was absolutely unmissable, and that I should do whatever it took to get my ass into the grotesquely sold out show. Luckily I didn't have to do much because one day a window opened on TicketWeb and BV (the man, not the site) was kind enough to give me a heads up, and I was in. From September 2, 2006 onward, I was officially a batshit crazy fan of Explosions and Eluvium.
Flash-forward to now. I'm a little fatter, a little balder, but I am still that rabid EITS and Eluvium fan that was born on September 2, 2006. When it was announced back in January that EITS would be headlining Radio City Music Hall, I was totally cranked. Best... venue... ever. Then I saw that Eluvium was added as opener, performing solo piano material, and I was beside myself. THEN it was announced that LOW was also going to open the show as well. Trifecta! I am still amazed that people pissed and moaned at the near $60 ticket cost. Three epic bands in New York City's most beautiful venue at that cost is a pittance. I mean, if you saved a dollar a day from when the show was announced, you would have had plenty of dough for a ticket and even a few of RCMH's expensive beers.
From start to finish, the show was an absolute triumph. If you balked at the price and missed the show, I instruct you to immediately be overwhelmed and water-boarded with regret. Matthew Cooper aka Eluvium sidled up to a massive grand piano a hair past 8:00pm. Lit only by two bluish spot lights and accompanied by fog that basically transformed the light beams into textured blue cones, Cooper commanded the piano to a room that was so quiet you could hear a pin drop. And, man, was I proud of the audience for that level of quiet. He relied heavily on his piano-centric 2004 release An Accidental Memory in the Case of Death, which was fine with me as it is one of the most beautiful records in my collection. His set was brief, and said not a single word, and left the stage to rousing applause. It was the perfect start to this show.
Low was up next and brought things up to another sonic tier. Playing as a four piece they unleashed a flawless set that was rife with soaring harmonies, anthemic guitar and keyboard arrangements, and a super-bassy back beat that plodded along like the heartbeat of someone at rest. This was my first experience with Low in person and found it to be a perfect complement to Eluvium's quiet, contemplative piano and EITS's bombastic and uber-loud performance. I will definitely check them out again at Bowery Ballroom on April 27. Join me, won't you? I mean not literally. Go to the show, but not with me. Why would you? Whatever.
For me, Radio City Music Hall is the perfect room for Explosions. Most people prefer to see their favorite bands in intimate rooms. But for sheer sonic projection and immersion, RCMH is the perfect room to see and hear EITS. Radio City's massive scalloped, arched ceilings and the sheer cavernous nature of the room really allows the sounds propelling from the speakers to fill up the room and breathe. Actually, I'd give my right arm to see a band like Mogwai there. Their entire set was a work of perfection, but the highlight for me was the second song in, "Birth and Death of the Day". Epic. They did play a pretty lengthy set, but I was disappointed that there was no encore; a non-core if you will. But I guess it makes sense; an EITS performance works best as a 90-minute onslaught. For them to come out to do another song or two would underwhelm and seem weird.
In other Explosions in the Sky and Eluvium News
If you happen to be in Los Angeles on April 23rd, head on over to Hollywood Forever Cemetery (but not in a casket, because that means you're dead meat and will miss everything) for an EITS art and listening event. At the event you will see all tracks from their new record Take Care, Take Care, Take Care interpreted by some artists. That album is set to drop on April 18th in the US.
Matthew Cooper aka Eluvium released the soundtrack to a film called Some Days are Better Than Others as Matthew Cooper. About the film...
The film stars James Mercer (Broken Bells, The Shins) and Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia, Sleater-Kinney) as strangers whose lives occasionally intersect as they navigate their way through the struggles of personal attachment and disconnection.Check out a track from this album way at the top of the post.
More pictures and the EITS setlist from Radio City, and tour dates, below...
Album art for Low's C'mon
After an appearance at SXSW, Low will prep C'mon, the band's new LP due on April 12th via Sub Pop which is currently up for preorder. Low is currently offering the first MP3 to emerge from the LP, "Try To Sleep", in exchange for your email address.
In between SXSW and the release of C'mon, Low will join Explosions In The Sky when they headline Radio City Music Hall on April 6th with recent addition Eluvium on solo piano. Tickets are still available.
Low recently dropped off ther dates for the C'mon tour, and though the RCMH show is listed as their only NYC appearance, the band recently stated otherwise in a Facebook post. Look for the band to "play a headline NYC show a few weeks later", most likely either on April 24th (after Pittsburgh, before Philly) or more likely April 27 and/or 28th (between DC and Boston). We'll keep you posted.
Explosions In The Sky recently updated their tour dates as well, and you can check out those, as well as the track listing for their new LP Take Care, Take Care, Take Care (due on 4/26 via Temporary Residence Limited) below.
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Furthur (no "e") has headlined Madision Square Garden which isn't a big surprise given that the band contains original Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh along with fellow hippies John Kadlecik of the Dark Star Orchestra on guitar, Jeff Chimenti of RatDog on keyboards, and Joe Russo of the Benevento/Russo Duo on drums (Jay Lane left Furthur after the March 12, 2010 show to rejoin Primus). Tickets go on presale on Thursday at 10am for EIGHT NYC shows happening in March. Five are at Best Buy Theater and three are at Radio City Music Hall.
Speaking of Radio City Music Hall, Janet Jackson is playing there on March 18th. Tickets go on presale Friday at 9am.
Janet Jackson notoriously had a "wardrobe malfunction" when she played the Superbowl Halftime show once. Tickets are now on sale for the show Neko Case is playing at the Bell House on Superbowl Sunday.
Fang Island is playing a headlining show at Bowery Ballroom on March 11th. Openers TBA. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.
Tickets are now on AmEx presale for the Toro Y Moi shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Holy Ghost!, who has headlined Bowery Ballroom before (not sure how it sold though) will headline Mercury Lounge on February 2nd. Tickets are now on sale.
Tricky was recently in town, and Morcheeba will be here in February to play two shows at Irving Plaza which are both on sale.
Das Racist is playing Highline Ballroom on February 3rd.
Rasputina is playing Highline Ballroom on February 26th with Mr Voltaire. Tickets are on sale.
Melissa Auf Der Maur is playing Highline Ballroom on March 3rd. Tickets are on sale.
photos by Erez Avissar and Christopher Person
Julianna Barwick @ LPR
"Julianna Barwick started off the night and in very simple terms her set was incredible... Eluvium was next on the bill...and his set turned out to be also quite impressive. It was a mix of quiet but weeping guitar work, to harsh and fast played guitar buzz on top of low key to surprising beat driven piano pieces. Throughout the set there was various nature like samples being played as well as the other members in his live band using Wii remotes that were connected to there computers that were somehow manipulating the sounds of there instruments (something that was defiantly amusing to watch). While Eluvium set was quite terrific it was kind of overshadow by the earlier set of the night that had just left me so speechless." [Witchmond]That review is from the May 17th at DC9. Two nights later (last night, May 19th) the Eluvium/Barwick tour hit Le Poisson Rouge in NYC. It was followed by an after-party in Brooklyn that included a live set by Blissed Out and DJ sets by Pitchork's Ryan Schreiber (RAVVES), Chocolate Bobka's McGregor (McG), Todd P and Erez Avissar who is also the one who took almost all of the pictures of the party that are in this post. The ones of Julianna Barwick and Eluvium at LPR were taken by Christopher Person. Both of their sets of pictures continue below...
by Andrew Frisicano
"I sort of decided that I wanted to do something that I hadn't done before, or at least not since I was a teenager," said [Eluvium/Matthew Cooper]. "I wanted to work more in the pop space and to use lyrics as an instrument."The new record from Portlander Matthew Cooper aka Eluvium, Similes, out now on Temporary Residence (the same label The Books signed to for their new LP, The Way Out, due in July). Eluvium is going on tour for the month of May, and about half of those shows will be with another dreamy, textured solo band, Brooklyn's Julianna Barwick. They play (Le) Poisson Rouge on Wednesday, May 19th. Tickets are on sale.
Cooper went back to work, scrapping the album he'd been working on and creating a new set of songs, this time with words...Cooper has been calling Similes a pop record since he finished it. His label people tell him not to, that this is misleading, that in the market pop means something entirely different than these ethereal songs. But Cooper remains stubbornly attached to the label. "Oddly, I kind of feel that I have yet to make a record that isn't a pop record," he said. "I listen to what I've been doing with ambient and noise and drone and textural stuff and relative to what I was usually influenced by, like Stockhausen or Steve Reich or John Cage, it just seems so much more pop. There are chord changes and melody. It's really not that far from the concept of pop music."
Julianna recently signed to Asthmatic Kitty. Her debut on that label will be out in 2011. She's expected to release another record too, a collaborative album put together with previous tourmates Roberto Lange (Epstein and Helado Negro) and Jonathan Dueck. Her debut, Sanguine, getting a vinyl re-release on M'Lady's in June. And the song above is from her recent Florine EP.
Videos of Elivium songs from the new record and all tour dates are below...
We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Southpaw, 2009 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
tonight in NYC
* Jimmy Scott @ Iridium
* Royal Bangs @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Questlove (DJ) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Delta Spirit, The Willowz @ Pianos
* La Roux, Yes Giantess @ Webster Hall
* Phantogram, Junk Culture @ Union Hall
* Unsound w/ Jacaszek, ACME @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Shuttle, Booty B, Pharaoh @ Public Assembly
* Heavy Hands, Traveling Circle, Sean Griffin @ Zebulon
* Gonzales' Piano Talk Show w/ Andrew W.K. @ Joe's Pub
* We Were Promised Jetpacks, Bad Veins @ Bowery Ballroom
* Girls At Dawn, Peace Killers, German Measles @ Don Pedro
* Wanda Jackson, Lustre Kings @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Tourmaline, Life Size Maps, SSSEN, Galaxy Queens @ Bruar Falls
* Unsound w/ Morgan Geist (DJ), Neurotic Drum Band, Blondes @ Littlefield
* Savoir Adore, Uninhabitable Mansions, North Highlands, We Are Country Mice @ Cake Shop
* NinjaSonik, Japanther, Team Facelift, Fashen, The Auctioneers, "secret European guests" @ Santos Party House
* Hercules & Love Affair (DJ), Pat Mahoney (Special Disco Version), Finger On The Pulse, Yes Giantess @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
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Eluvium's new video for "The Motion Makes Me Last" below...
Willamette Week's Musicfest NW announces this year's festival line-up which will be held at various venues around the Portland, OR metropolitan area on September 16, 17, 18 & 19. On the heels of the most successful MFNW to date, MFNW 2009 launches with nothing but the hope of a bigger and better festival. MFNW's ultimate aim is to provide Portland with a unique and special musical experience that features all types of acts including nationally renowned artists while still honoring and supporting the special musical scene of the Northwest.Four-day passes to the fest are on sale now.
The lineup so far, including the newly-reunited Sunny Day Real Estate, is below...