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Portland, Oregon-based ambient musician Matthew Robert Cooper releases his seventh studio album, ‘Nightmare Ending’ is a double CD concept that Cooper has had shelved for several years as he didn’t think it was worthy of a release at the time, with a few tweaks and new ideas it has finally seen the light of day. This is an ambient dream of epic proportions, waves of synth strings engulf the listener endlessly while momentary flourishes of piano drift in and out to create a real sense of sadness and longing. Although split into tracks of 6 to 10 minutes, each piece segues perfectly into one long theme, even from one disc to the second.
With a few clever collaborations from Mark T. Smith of Explosions In The Sky on ‘Envenom Mettle’ and Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo on ‘Happiness’ this is a beautiful piece of work, ‘Nightmare Ending’ sits easily alongside Cooper’s contemporaries like Tim Hecker and Hammock but still stands alone as a very important album in the world of experimental music.
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