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When I Live by the Garden and the Sea

Eluvium Audio CD
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Born in Tennessee and raised in Louisville, KY, Matthew Cooper relocated to Portland, OR several years back and has since spent many a night holed up in his house transforming the vibrations in his brain into sweeping walls of elegant noise. With a depth ranging from fragile to glacial, he takes dense layers of guitars and pianos and builds them into an awe-inspiring fortress around himself. ... Read more in Amazon's Eluvium Store

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  • Audio CD (10 Nov 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Temporary Residence Ltd.
  • ASIN: B000GH3PWC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 248,067 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. I Will Not Forget That I Have Forgotten 5:200.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. As I Drift Off 3:470.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. All The Sails 5:450.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. When I Live By The Garden And The Sea 7:320.89  Buy MP3 

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 26 April 2009
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Following on from Copia - and just as beautiful. Less emphasis on piano, aside from the first track. Gorgeous washes of sound and emotion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beutiful CD 16 Nov 2013
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Very nice, thanks. It deserved to wait so long:)
Great boucklet, good quality. I am really satisfied comletely. It is a pearl in my ambient-collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Drift Away 13 May 2009
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When I Live by The Garden and the Sea is an EP that was released a few months after Eluvium's last album at the time, Talk Amongst The Trees, and not before the newest album Copia as another reviewer suggests.

It's another fantastic excercise in emotional ambient music from the wonderfully talented Matthew Cooper, and features some of his strongest work to date.

Anyone familiar with Eluvium's other work will be happy as its more of the same wonderful washes of guitars and other instruments played through various pedals or effects to loop or echo or add reverb.... something I am not is a musician so dont ask me to tell you how this music is made.... just be thankful it is...

Modern day classical bliss.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Satisfying Offering from one of the Very Best Artists in the Genre. 2 Sep 2006
By M. Dyess - Published on
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Over the past three years, Eluvium (aka: Matthew Cooper) has created some of the most impressive and gorgeous ambient music of the decade. His first full length, Lambent Material, is an epic masterpiece of both warm and chilly soundscapes containing my all time favorite ambient piece, the 15 minute "Zerthis Was a Shivering Human Image." Though Lambent Material would prove to be the backdrop of what the majority of his work would come to sound like, in 2004 he follwed the album with a short collection of piano pieces titled An Accidental Memory in the Case of Death; all of which are stunning. Shortly after, in 2005, he released two more stunning ambient pieces. With this short but accomplished recent offering, Cooper has effectively pieced together a small collage of work that seems to summarize him as an artist and, hopefully, one that hints towards a similar piece of work on his upcoming 2007 full length.

More than anything, Cooper manages to evoke feelings and images through these brief tracks, much like he did on every previous release. Ranging from warm and uplifting to flat out somber and depressing, these songs are best suited for a quiet and uneventful setting. Starting the album with "I Will Not Forget That I Have Forgotten", Cooper manages to combine the best of his ambient touches with a soft piano melody that wouldn't have been out of place on An Accidental Memory.... This track is a perfect example of Cooper's ability to evoke such an amazing and somber feeling within the listener. Following suit, the next track is no less impressive, and is of note for a clip of Tom Hanks from The Burbs, a little-known late 80's comedy. Though the screaming of Hanks is no doubt placed within a comedic setting, the chilly ambience that Cooper places beneath it evokes an oddly depressive feeling, as if the line were taken from a tragedy.

Slightly shifting gears in terms of ambient tone, the perfectly titled "All the Sails" showcases a gentle and warm melody which, as expected, conveys a night on the ocean, under endless clear skies. The imagery is no less abundant on the last (though least impressive) title track. It's more than 7 minute running time is comprised of the same repetitive melody, with a subtle ring and click throughout. Without suprise, and again in correlation with it's title, the song calls forth a quiet morning along an unknown sea.

Though for the most part effective, this brief offering of material doesn't hold up to his other works in terms of repeat value. With Lambent Material, I see a cohesive collection of material I can revisit without end. The same can be said for his work on An Accidental Memory. I suppose this may have to do with the album's 22 minute running time, as it feels somehow incomplete and far less epic or involving as his previous works. Admittedly, however, this is just an EP and should be taken for what it is: A satisfying offering from one of the very best artists in the genre.

--Matthew Dyess
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 6 Oct 2013
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I absolutely love this album. If you're looking for a laid back minimalist electronica musician, look no further. This album is apart of m heart stones repertoire, it fits any occasion.
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This is a good CD, for very moody, calm listening while thinking, driving, relaxing. I like this CD, same as Liquid Mind, that genre.
5.0 out of 5 stars As near to perfect as ambient EPs get. 31 July 2012
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This is a small but very tight EP. If I had to classify it musically, I'd call it ambient; the long washes of sweeping layers of tones are not unlike Stars of the Lid when they're at their most ambitious. In this genre, it excels in spades. Sounds are layered into an at times almost unbearably thick and luscious blanket that can be incredibly powerful to get lost in, or provide a garden of background noise for thoughts while reading, writing, driving, or similar.
There is a flutter of seconds at the beginning of the second track where a brief monologue interrupts the otherwise entirely instrumental album. This segment is deliberately jarring, and the only point in the album where it really demands that you reel back from whatever you're doing to listen. At first it may seem out of place, but in my opinion it works and, in a way, it also makes deep and brilliant sense.

All in all: phenomenal.
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4.0 out of 5 stars When I Live by the Garden and Sea 27 Feb 2008
By Mick V. Nicholas - Published on
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Eluvium is an ambient piano-based songwriter. The style is very minimal and quite wispy. This particular release is an EP that is more of what this particular artist does best and that is ambient piano-based music. This music is hypnotic and quite beautiful.
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