Inventions is a still relatively new duo made up of alumni of Eluvium and Explosions In The Sky. With this, their third album in not much more than a year, they combine the epic scale and the emotional intimacy of their approaches into a warm, melodic, semi-abstract pair of pieces. Limited edition LP on Temporary Residence.
7/10 Robin Staff review, 11 November 2015
These dudes are flying by on sheer force of will, releasing their third record in the smallest of post-rock time-frames (also known as “little more than a year”). Matthew Cooper, the dramatist responsible for Eluvium’s soundscapes, continues his work with the rather hilariously named Mark T. Smith, famed for pioneering the teenage heart-throb post-rock of Explosions In The Sky. Both artists helped pioneer the crystalline sound of the genre’s second generation, but what’s interesting is how far gone they sound here: these pieces may still be gorgeous and palatable, but they meander, treading as far into ambience and beatwork as the artists care to.
‘Blanket Waves’ continues in the vein of ‘Maze of Woods’, but now it’s easy to hear the duo’s intentions: the beats aren’t looking for a rise, for a crescendo among the creasing waves of drawn-out synth -- they’re merely keeping a steady pace, thoughtlessly navigating the mix of electronics and piano on the record’s first side before an outro of foggy drone. The record’s flip again seems to recall a couple of B-list post-rock bands, the distorted vocal samples and soft bedrock of electronics recalling Lights Out Asia -- it’s an intended mix of displacement and melody, but the duo switch it up before it climaxes, opting to subside it with a bit of choral ambience.
In terms of sheer versatility, this record is one of the best thing both artists -- prided for staying the same, forever and ever -- have made. Here, it feels like their collaboration has brought about the opportunity to collage, to encode certain elements of their styles with totally different ways of presenting them. It still sounds nice; just weird nice.
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