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 » Live: Surfer Blood/The Drums at Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL - Remember when Weezer used to put together records that you could sing along to and rock out to? That's what Surfer Blood's show was like!
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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Eluvium
Lambent Material
Temporary Residence Ltd.

Rating: 8/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Eluvium's biographer points out that the name literally means "the debris from the disintegration of rock" but Matthew Cooper seeks not only to break down on rock's conventions, but to create massive and rich texts of imagery within the sheer force of his electronic handiwork.

The first track, "The Unfinished," sets a precedent followed in nearly every track: a hushed, barely-there fade up. I began to wonder if it was a data track for videos and such when a lovely melody caught me by surprise. It captures, rather perfectly, the feeling of a gently warming fire. The sounds are tender, soothing, and welcoming, which makes for a smooth, easing motion into the depths of Lambent Material.

Then, "Under the Water It Glowed" takes a large step away from that welcoming feeling for a detour into a spooky woodland area, filled with a chilling wind and a sense of fear. Matthew Cooper's ability to play on emotions without using words is skillful and subtle, in large doses.

Next, "There Wasn't Anything" brings in a beautiful piano line that immediately reminded me of the intro to Liz Phair's "Canary," and evoked similar feelings: a tearful sadness at one's role in life, but a willingness to go on.

The fourth track, "Zerthis was a Shivering Human Image," takes a completely different direction from the previously quiet outings, shaving into distortion. It feels a bit like Low in their likeminded experiments, but suggests an image of a scratched negative, where the original picture is hardly discernable underneath the damage. At 14-plus minutes long, it runs the danger of a quick fast-forward trigger finger, except that it is the only track that deviates so loudly. This works in the track's favor, as it catches interest in its difference.

Finally, in "I am So Much More Me that You are Perfectly You," we are given a sketch of what appears, to me, to be an eerie, science fictional operating table. The feeling is bleak and tense, where a hopeless fate is certain, and takes repetitive piano tones to build on suspense to the end (pun intended).

Looking back on my experience with this album, I realize that all of these images are subjective, and I feel that this is the keystone of the release. The ability to create a world entirely fabricated out of the audience's imagination is a mark of great poetry, and Matthew Cooper has established himself as such without saying a single word.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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