Losing a loved one is not something that is easy to cope with. I myself being a realist know that the only real way to get over the death of an important person in your life is simply time. In May of this year I lost my cousin who I was indeed close with. She had a very open mind to anything, music included. I would show her a lot of new music and we would always talk about our musical interests. One thing I wish I did show her before she left this world was Copia.
Music is intangible. You can’t hold it in the palm of your hand or view it behind a glass frame at an art museum or even smell its beauty. This is why to me; music is one of the most fascinating things we have in this life. It can make us laugh and cry, it can relax us, it can frighten us and it can even make us forget who we are, even if it is for a second. Whenever I come across an album that has the power to access my emotions and make me feel otherworldly, it also has the power to make me forget. Forget about not only my worries but the worries and problems that I have associated with this world that are rapidly increasing day by day, and remind myself that I couldn’t be any happier to be alive.
Matthew Robert Cooper, the mastermind behind Eluvium has crafted an album that has managed to do this. From its simple piano driven ballads to its ambitious ambient movements, Cooper manages to take a various amount of musical styles and successfully mold it into an effort that goes far and beyond anything I expected the first time my ears took in the grandiose of instruments that Copia has to offer. The many different moments of power and beauty scattered throughout has led me to claim this as one of my personal favorite records.
Yes, I have mentioned that music is in fact intangible. But it’s albums like Copia that require a lot of mind power to truly see its beauty. Our mind is an immensely powerful tool and I wouldn’t doubt that it can unlock the ability for us to see and smell music. Copia is a reminder to me that maybe music is tangible and one day I will eventually see its true form. Well if not in this life, hopefully in the next.