Release Date: Oct 16, 2015
Record label: Temporary Residence
Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Post-Rock, Experimental Ambient
Head here to submit your own review of this album. A record of super-dramatic humanity, Blanket Waves joins the growing body of work by collaborators Mark T. Smith of Explosions In The Sky and Matthew Cooper, best-known for his work as Eluvium. Two tracks that come in at under a half hour in total work quiet wonders with the ambient format, never feeling tired or overindulgent - they can, however, be an almighty bugger to review.
Following their first two full-lengths as Inventions, both of which arrived within a year of each other, Eluvium's Matthew Cooper and Explosions in the Sky's Mark T. Smith stretch out a bit and release a vinyl-only EP of two dream-like collage pieces, each of which exceed ten minutes in length. Blanket Waves blends calmly rolling synthetic textures with acoustic instruments, eerie voices, and electronic pulses, occasionally lapsing into more song-like moments.
Matthew Cooper’s Eluvium project has been putting out albums for well over a decade at this point, but in 2010, he had a genuine, almost-mainstream moment. With the excellent Similes he took his never-ending waves of indie-ambient bliss and wrapped them up into structures, some songs even featuring vocals, and, against all odds, he moved towards the “ambient-pop” spectrum of things. Not that Cooper would ever sell out, mind you, but the ear-meltingly beautiful “The Motion Makes Me Last”, while simple in structure, became an immediate high-point in Eluvium’s career, soon getting remixes from the like of the Books’ Nick Zammuto and moving him ever closer to the forefront of indie media.
Is there such a genre as screen-saver chill? It’s a Temporary Residence release, so fair enough, there was always going to be a good chance Blanket Waves would be somewhat esoteric, but this is what it must be like to be inside Tom DeLonge’s head. ‘Being Tom DeLonge’. Scratches and bleeps, piano lines and violin hooks and baby sounds and the sounds of taps dripping.