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RIYL: Explosions In The Sky, Eluvium, Sigur Rós, Stars Of The Lid, Brian Eno. Inventions is the new band formed by longtime friends, tourmates, and labelmates Matthew Cooper of Eluvium, and Mark T. Smith of Explosions In The Sky. There are plenty of talking points here: The fact that Cooper hasn't been in a band of any sort since he was a teenager; no member of Explosions In The Sky has released an album outside of the context of EITS since their inception in the late 90s; and, of course, this is a dream duo for anyone familiar with the unparalleled emotional resonance of Cooper and Smith's respective day jobs. However, thirty seconds into their eponymous debut album, you realize that the esteemed pedigree is irrelevant. Inventions exceeds all expectations by discarding them from the get-go. They have created their own tiny, wondrous corner of the world, one with ever-changing sounds and colors. Inventions began in earnest last year when Cooper invited Smith to collaborate on a song for Eluvium's otherworldly double-album, Nightmare Ending. The track, Envenom Mettle , was a standout on an album full of them, and just like that a longstanding friendship blossomed into a full-fledged creative partnership. The following six months the duo continued to send audio files back and forth to each other from their respective homes in Portland, Oregon and Austin, Texas. The collaboration proved fruitful, inspiring, and truly enjoyable from the outset, and in less than a year they had amassed more than an album's worth of material. They traveled together to a secluded beach house on the Oregon coast to complete the album, an environment that proved not only highly productive but also clearly influential on the album's windswept beauty and warm vibrations. Across eight songs the duo explore the delicate and disturbing and virtually everything in-between with majestic abandon. It's the kind of beauty and brilliance that only masters of their craft can accomplish when all egos and expectations are cast aside in pursuit of the splendor of sound.

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Excellent Ambience 10 April 2014
By Evan - Published on
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I am a huge fan of Explosions in the Sky and Eluvium, and have been for years. So once I heard that Mark T. Smith of EITS and Matthew Cooper - the man behind the Eluvium moniker - were teaming up as a creative duo a la Hammock and Mountains, I was incredibly excited. Needless to say, I was not remotely disappointed once I received and listened to this record.
When two artists with various records under their belt come together to create music, there is always the inherent danger that the new project will end up sounding too much like the accomplishments of one or both of the musicians. That is, thankfully, not the case with Invention's debut. You can hear the droning peacefulness of Eluvium and the crafted beauty of Explosions, but the combination of both elements results in a refreshing originality and entirely new feel.
Simply put, if you are looking for an album that contains the beauty of both of these artists' work without rehashing it, then the Inventions debut is the album for you.
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Wonderful Invention! 27 April 2014
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Being a fan of both Explosions in the Sky and Eluvium I was thrilled to hear Mark and Matt made an album together and created a masterpiece. Inventions is an invention in several aspects not only is the music a new approach to their sounds but also how music is composed. I cant help but wonder "what if" Munaf Rayani also joined and what it would have sounded like. It is a must have if your a fan of the bands or if your new to their music.
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slow-growing electronic soundscapes 30 May 2014
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Debut release from members of Eluvium & Explosions in the Sky—slow-growing electronic soundscapes filled with the kind of subtle post-Eno-ish majesty that demands total immersion. A surreal journey exploring the inner beauty of alternate realities.
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