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Electronic/Dance - Released May 29, 2020 | Temporary Residence Ltd.

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 1, 2014 | Temporary Residence Ltd.

On their own, Eluvium mastermind Matthew Cooper and Explosions in the Sky guitarist Mark T. Smith have explored similar sonic territories in very different ways. Where Eluvium explore the subtlety of gentle soundscapes and textural ambience, EITS favor grandeur, with overwhelming crescendos of emotion breaking through the loneliness of their songs' wide-open spaces. Teaming up as Inventions, the duo create a new identity for themselves on their eponymous debut for Temporary Residence. Not so much merging their individual sounds as finding a middle ground between them, the pair craft a series of melancholic musical plateaus, with each feeling more like a specific moment in time than a rising and falling composition. Rather than fill the song with dynamic builds and cathartic releases, Inventions work in pulses of intensity, capturing a moment and holding on to it like a firefly caught in a jar. In creating these musical still lifes, Inventions have hit on a sound that's more about mesmerism than movement. The real magic, however, is that they've somehow managed to pull this off without making the album powerfully dull. By giving us songs that feel like the middle of something, Inventions leave room for the listener to add their own beginning and ending to the musical narrative, allowing the listener to burrow into the layers of melody to carve out their own safe little space. While the pedigree of this project is certainly strong, Inventions stands strong on its own, so although fans of Eluvium and Explosions in the Sky won't have any trouble digging into the album, being a fan of the duo's previous work isn't a part of the price of admission. © Gregory Heaney /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released March 17, 2015 | Temporary Residence Ltd.

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Rock - Released April 15, 2019 | FREIA Music

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Rock - Released January 26, 2018 | FREIA Music

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Electronic/Dance - Released March 30, 2020 | Temporary Residence Ltd.

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Electronic/Dance - Released May 11, 2020 | Temporary Residence Ltd.

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Electronic/Dance - Released April 22, 2020 | Temporary Residence Ltd.

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 16, 2015 | Temporary Residence Ltd.

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. It's hard to tell where the release is headed at first, until some electronically altered cymbal swells signal something building up. Eventually it settles into a stately beat along with cinematic pianos, recalling some sort of racing scene, most likely set in slow motion. This seems like it's going to lead to a triumphant climax, but it's delayed a bit, and it ends up being darker than anticipated, with searing yet controlled guitar and distantly whispering voices. The second side picks up in a confident yet somewhat worried state, weaving in nature sounds and confused, possibly disturbed voices. The piece shifts through a few more movements of scattered beats, racing strings, and fragmented voices before ending up calm, soothing, and welcoming, with a cheery (yet vaguely sinister) voice declaring "I'm so glad you came" near the end. Overall, the release is a surreal, unpredictable excursion, and it finds the duo continuing to venture further outside the styles of their main projects, tapping into their subconscious minds in order to create striking dreamscapes. © Paul Simpson /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released February 9, 2015 | Temporary Residence Ltd.

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 27, 2015 | Temporary Residence Ltd.

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 18, 2015 | Temporary Residence Ltd.

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 27, 2015 | Temporary Residence Ltd.