Eluvium
Copia


4.5
superb

Review

by Tyler Fisher EMERITUS
February 14th, 2007 | 82 replies | 16,530 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A combination of all Eluvium work to date, Copia is Matthew Cooper's best effort, mixing melody with ambience in a perfect blend.

Symphonic band music has been a part of my life for a very long time. Before Sputnik, before I began writing, before I really listened to music I enjoyed rather than standard radio fare, I was in a concert band. Yes, it was a middle school concert band, but it always played an important part of my life because I put so much time into it. As I have evolved as a musician and understanding music theory, symphonic band music becomes more and more interesting to me throughout the years. Now in high school, in what the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association selected as the only high school band in the state to perform at their annual festival, I find myself playing extremely challenging music with musical ideas brand new to me. I always enjoy the tone pieces, the ballads. The beauty that music composed of whole notes and half notes can produce is nothing short of breathtaking, especially when played right. The suspensions and releases, which occur on every measure, every beat, make everything so interesting and amazing. So it is no surprise that I love Eluvium’s latest effort, Copia. It takes all of his previous material, the ambient work of Talk Amongst the Trees and the classical piano work from An Accidental Memory in the Case of Death, and smashes it all together in a mesh of beauteous melodies and warm, fluffy chords.

Copia is Eluvium’s 4th full length album, coming just 6 months after his last EP, When I Live by the Garden and the Sea. The EP hinted at a new evolution in his sound, bringing more prominent melodies to his ambient work. Copia is the full realization of that sound. Talk Amongst the Trees presented beautiful, trance-inducing ambience, but Copia takes the same quality ambience and adds even more to it. Matthew Cooper, the man behind Eluvium, makes it even easier to call him the next Brian Eno. Although he has always resorted to textural synth sounds to create his soundscapes, Cooper incorporates some brass and other new voices into his music to make much more variation on the album. Copia is, altogether, Cooper’s greatest effort. The album sounds as though it took years and years of refinement, and it is truly remarkable that Cooper made this in only 6 months. Amreik begins the album with something a bit more familiar, much more like the music from Talk Amongst the Trees. The new synth brass sound makes an appearance, adding new color to the music. Its tone color sticks out of the gooey texture of the underlying chords.

Amreik is simply an introduction to the rest of the album, and Indoor Swimming at the Space Station truly begins the album on an epic note. It fades in like a redo of Taken, one of Cooper’s greatest songs, but the tone color and style of the song ends up completely different. Instead of growing at a dragging tempo, Cooper puts an uptempo piano groove in the background to drive the song through its 10 minute stretch. Moreover, unlike his previous longer efforts, Cooper allows for melodies to take the forefront, the main melody here being a synthesized string voice. Cooper’s melodies are always simple but catchy and they fit the chords perfectly. The trance effect of his music is not lost in the song, but it is more enjoyable to listen to intently. Prelude for Time Feelers inverts the formula for Indoor Swimming at the Space Station. Instead, the piano takes the forefront, beginning on its own. Cooper’s circular melody piano style makes a return, repeating itself over and over. As the song progresses, the textural chords add in to provide support for the piano melody. Eventually, the melody meshes into the overall sound, but it is always audible and the most prominent voice. Prelude for Time Feelers represents the most growth of any Eluvium song, as it grows to an immense wall of sound by its conclusion.

Throughout the rest of the album, Cooper presents more and more new voices as well as expanding on formulas presented earlier on the album. Reciting the Airships makes another piano and ambient combination, with a more rhythmic feel out of the piano and the most beautiful chords on the album. Ostinato is a masterful song full of brilliant organ chords. Like a funeral dirge, Ostianto crawls along with the organ leading the way and cello entering color tones to the already interesting organ chords. Hymn #1 envisions a simple hymn played while sitting by a waterfall, while Radio Ballet puts the listener at an upper class piano recital. Still, nothing can prepare the listener for the closing Repose in Blue. Although musically just another textural drone beauty, Cooper creates a grand atmosphere for a closer. He orchestrates a fireworks show in the middle of the song. Literally. After listening to such a grand album, the fireworks enter and it is glorious, so fitting, and brilliant. Copia is a vast album full of different voices and styles, but still, it all belongs together. Musically, everything evolves from Eluvium’s previous work and it features a true album opener and closer. Copia is Cooper’s greatest work to date, but it leaves even more roads for him to take.

Recommended Tracks:
Indoor Swimming at the Space Station
Seeing You Off the Edges
Prelude for Time Feelers
Reciting the Airships
Ostinato



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Comments:Add a Comment 
IsItLuck?
Emeritus
February 14th 2007



4927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this sounds goooooooood. I may check out it. I enjoyed the review too.

trustxdialect
February 14th 2007



1502 Comments


^^^This Message Edited On 02.14.07

Two-Headed Boy
February 14th 2007



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Chan (SYG) change your avatar please.

Stop being so awesome Mr. Fisher.

BringHomeTheBacon
February 14th 2007



248 Comments


Prelude for time feelers is amazing. I want this album.

Eakflanderyof
February 14th 2007



2143 Comments


Did Slityerguts get banned for his avatar because I don't see his post here and one of you said something to him.

Otisbum
February 14th 2007



1912 Comments


Loved the Prelude song that's on here, It's almost too soothing. I about fell asleep.

Doppelganger
February 14th 2007



3124 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yes, the song on here is awesome, like this review. I want this now

EDIT: The song on here is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. This Message Edited On 02.14.07

samariah
February 14th 2007



109 Comments


i wanna listen to this

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
February 15th 2007



2806 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's my favorite album of '07 thus far, so people should get this. Granted, I've only heard about 6 albums, but still.

JonM
February 28th 2007



18 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I enjoy this record a lot. It's more musical than most of the crap that qualifies as ambient music these days.

Eliminator
February 28th 2007



2067 Comments


The horn-synths are a good addition.

Wyko
April 6th 2007



150 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The streaming song is awesome. I'll definatly be getting this.

Wyko
April 8th 2007



150 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is so incredibly awesome.

foreverendeared
April 8th 2007



14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i love this album i just wish a lot of the songs had more varience in them and werent so repetitive

trustxdialect
April 9th 2007



1502 Comments


This albums is so fantastic. It's most of what I've been listening to. Good review and such.

I don't see how this is repetitive. Soooo good.

gagnonov
June 18th 2007



52 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

wow

thunderzstruck
June 23rd 2007



148 Comments


he is amazing live also

descendents1
June 23rd 2007



702 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

He really isnt; he just sits there and plays something on a projection screen. It's also really loud and hurts your ears. I enjoyed his performance overall because the music was beautiful but he has no idea how to put on a live show.

blackmilk
June 23rd 2007



584 Comments


He needs flashy lights and explosions.

Fort23
June 23rd 2007



2475 Comments


Awesome.
Review and Album.



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