Hear Eluvium's 'Entendre,' a Gentle Reverie From His 'Nightmare Ending' LP

Ambient music titan's double-disc set arrives on May 14

Eluvium 'Entendre' Nightmare Ending
Eluvium, alone and illuminated
Chris Martins WRITTEN BY
Chris Martins

Portland's Matthew Cooper is among those modern ambient music composers whose work has transcended a niche market and seeped its way into the ears of music fans across the spectrum. He's released a handful of albums under the Eluvium name, subtly modifying his approach every time. On May 14, the Temporary Residence label will release Nightmare Ending, a double-disc set that finds Cooper leaving behind the Brian Eno-style vocals of 2010's Simile in favor of pure instrumental might. A month ago we heard the blooming beauty "Envenom Mettle," which featured some mild studio wizardry. Now we've got "Entendre," a four-and-a-half-minute piece for solo piano that's just as evocative. Fans of Erik Satie and Philip Glass should appreciate the neoclassical reverie, which moves through a series of moods before coming to a quiet, peaceful close.

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