Eluvium
Static Nocturne


3.5
great

Review

by Eli EMERITUS
October 24th, 2010 | 57 replies | 12,875 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: You'll never think of static and white noise the same way again...

Have you ever sat down and listened to the static or white noise on your television? I mean, really took in it's essence and beauty? Well apparently Eluvium has, because Oregon native Matthew Cooper has created an entire EP paying tribute to said noises. An "homage to static and white noise" reads the description, and it truly fits the EP well. It is a neat concept, that is executed surprisingly well, as there is quite a bit more here than static.

It's actually difficult to peg what "Static Nocturne" really is. At fifty minutes, the EP is composed of only one song, the title track. Needless to say, "Static Nocturne" is huge, and at times, rather oppressive. Yet the song isn't overwhelming, not in the least, but rather incredibly relaxing. After all, Eluvium has always had a soft spot for ambiance, and this track is without a doubt his most ambient. It's rather slow, which helps bolster the atmosphere and feeling of the song. And slow is not to be taken as meandering, but instead, a purposeful pace at which the song moves towards its goal. That is because everything that "Static Nocturne" is, plays right into the atmosphere, which is far and away its greatest asset. At times, "Static Nocturne" can be gorgeous, uplifting, and absolutely stunning. For being so incredibly minimalistic, Eluvium really does an outstanding job at creating such a dense, yet airy feeling. The product is one of the most soothing recordings in years, as the static that inundates the song sounds as if it comes from the ocean rather than a television. Beautiful and calm, but quite simplistic, as there really isn't much to "Static Nocturne."

The introduction starts off with some very glitchy sounds, which quickly leads into very subtle and subdued static. After that, and very pleasant organ enters in, which leads the way for Eluvium's well known piano work. While very subtle, the piano adds mounds of emotion to the entirety. This a leads into a bit harsher section, as the static is much more grainy, and the organ and piano have disappeared. Signaling the half-way point, it's sort of weighs everything down in the middle. The coarse static seems to lessen, and the organic atmosphere returns, drifting the song into its conclusion.

While it is true that the atmosphere is what really is so immersible about the song, it does little in the way of capturing intrigue. It goes without saying, the EP will be a tough sell to most. With such a broad and minimalistic track, "Static Nocturne" will be passed off by many as boring or pretentious, and in some respects those ideas are well founded. At fifty minutes in length, the song does not feature many stylistic transitions or changes in mood. And while the length is really quite a feat, I feel as if the product as a whole would have benefited from a few separations. After all, such a large song is asking quite a bit from the listener, and a track separation would have done away with this conundrum. This is really the EP's greatest failing. While at times being wholly immersible, "Static Nocturne" is the definition of inaccessible.

It's off putting to say the least, a song with such girth should elicit those kinds of reactions. However, despite it's failings and inaccessibility, "Static Nocturne" still manages to impress. The "homage to static and white noise" concept is done exceptionally well here, and Eluvium should truly be praised for pulling off something so ambitious.



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Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 24th 2010



10584 Comments


Incredibly difficult to write about. Regardless, I hope you enjoy my 42nd review!

Digging: United Nations - The Next Four Years

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
October 24th 2010



15727 Comments


really cant wait to dig into this

Digging: A Sunny Day In Glasgow - Sea When Absent

Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 24th 2010



10584 Comments


Haha, I appreciate it. But really man, it would be you before me. I lack your consistency.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 24th 2010



10584 Comments


Haha, dude shut up your writing is awesome. Your How to Dress Well review was incredible.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
October 24th 2010



15727 Comments


jesus get a fucking room

MassiveAttack
October 24th 2010



2688 Comments


someone needs some love.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 24th 2010



10584 Comments


Haha. Well these "guys" is one guy, and "Copia" is a great place to start.

Enotron
October 24th 2010



7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

heh

is dis noiz cuz ifi tis i prbobaly like it@@!

IRAI
October 24th 2010



1567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Way to go. i was planning on reviewing it(since i just put it in the database and started listening to it), but it wouldve been about how it made me feel while listening to it, and not about looking at it in the sense to review it.


and pos.

@chambered,
If youre going to get into Eluvium, there are pretty much two modes : piano music and ambient/drone.

Copia is a mix of both. you might want to start there.
this is more of the ambient mode, along with 'talk amongst the trees' and 'when i live by the garden and the sea'.
for the piano mode, get 'an accidental memory in the case of death'.


Gyromania
October 24th 2010



15164 Comments


jesus get a fucking room

Gyromania
October 24th 2010



15164 Comments


That album is brilliant, you'll love it. Also, you'll rate it a 4.5.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 24th 2010



10584 Comments


yeah it is really badass

IRAI
October 24th 2010



1567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

i just re-got it, and still love it as much as when i first got it.

it is monumentally amazing.

thebhoy
Emeritus
October 24th 2010



4459 Comments


didn't know about this. I'm on the fence about noise music but Eluvium hasn't really let me down yet so I guess I'll check it out.

Enotron
October 24th 2010



7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i feel like i'll love this

Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 24th 2010



10584 Comments


You should, it's really not bad in small doses. I mean, I don't think I'm going to listen to all 50 minutes every time I listen to it.

IRAI
October 24th 2010



1567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

just go do some homework or something, and put this in the background. i feel that is the best way to approach listening to this. or try and go to sleep with it on. i had some awesome dreams last night whilst listening to it.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 24th 2010



10584 Comments


Is that Magikarp?

Irving
Staff Reviewer
October 24th 2010



7134 Comments


Great review Xeno, hearty pos.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 24th 2010



10584 Comments


Thanks Irving



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