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"Lambent Material" CD

Temporary Residence Limited

Genres: drone, experimental rock

Temporary Residence Limited
PO Box 11390
Portland OR 97211

Aug 18 - 24 2003

Alluvium : clay, silt, sand, gravel, or similar detrital material deposited by running water (Merriam-Webster English Dictionary)

In essence, alluvium, or Eluvium as Matthew Cooper prefers to spell it, is the debris associated with the disintegration of rock. Clever, then, that Cooper's music sounds exactly like the dissolution of rock music. Ambient stretches of guitar noise not unlike some of Brian Eno's work are complimented by Cooper's repeated plucks and strokes. Melody is buried under a haze of calm noise, sometimes the results aren't far off from Landing or Surface of Eceyon, except considerably more simplistic in instrumentation and melody.

The most vital piece on Lambent Material, Eluvium's debut album, is undoubtedly "Zerthis Was a Shivering Human Image," a passionate, loud explosion of guitar noise that tears rock's boundaries apart through echoing, grimy walls of feedback and amplified guitar. Vile. More solemn, piano-drived pieces "Under the Water It Glowed" and "I Am So Much More Me That You Are Perfectly You" are touching breaks from the guitar that bring everything down to Earth.

Altogether, Lambent Material is a strong debut from Eluvium, but leaves one wondering if Matthew Cooper's sophomore release will have anything new to say.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 5 tracks, distributed by the label, released May 6, 2003]