Eluvium


An Accidental Memory In Case Of Death

Eluvium - An Accidental Memory In Case Of Death ©2004 Temporary Residence
1. An Accidental Memory
2. Genius And The Thieves
3. Perfect Neglect In A Field Of Statues
4. Nepenthe
5. In A Sense
6. The Well-Meaning Professor
7. An Accidental Memory In Case Of Death

Essentially the one-man outlet of Portland-based musician Matthew Cooper, Eluvium's second release is, at first glance, nothing more than solo classical piano pieces in the vein of Erik Satie marketed to the indie-rock crowd, but damn it if it isn't totally gorgeous. Tragic in mood and tasteful in execution, An Accidental Memory In Case of Death conveys a very palpable sense of loss but with a certain degree of clarity and warmth. Despite its all-too-brief duration, An Accidental Memory is minimalism at its most fragile and pretty. Highly recommended for those lonesome times spent in a darkened room.

Review by Alec A. Head

Review date: 05/2005

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