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3 reviews »Someone who utilises orchestral-ness with a degree of sheer brilliance and mastery is ELUVIUM.  Matthew Cooper (he who is Eluvium) makes the fantastic neo classical thing I've heard in some time. Copia is by far his strongest release and pretty much every track will have you delving for more tissues as you wipe the tears from your weeping face. We were playing this the other day and the ... »

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Copia by Eluvium
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9/10 Phil Staff review, 15 March 2007
Someone who utilises orchestral-ness with a degree of sheer brilliance and mastery is ELUVIUM.  Matthew Cooper (he who is Eluvium) makes the fantastic neo classical thing I've heard in some time. Copia is by far his strongest release and pretty much every track will have you delving for more tissues as you wipe the tears from your weeping face. We were playing this the other day and the distro for it thought we were listening to Richard Clayderman. That's well funny! Whorra knob. There's quite a few tracks here which remind you of Max Richter (they remind me of him anyway) as it's super emotive pretty floaty lovely-ness with tinkly pianos and very similar sounding somber chord progressions. I can't believe I said somber chord progressions. Whorra tool. Buy this cos it's completely fucking brilliant. Nuff said.

10/10 Geoff Stone Customer review, 26th April 2007

In a bizarre twist of fate, this arrived at Norman Towers the same week that I was sorting out a load of old LPs that my sister passed on to me for safekeeping, and amongst them was ‘The Music Of Richard Clayderman’. I knew what I had to do…...

Copia is a delicious blend of the best ingredients of Eluvium’s previous works, not that I’ve heard them. The first few tracks are akin to Stafrænn Hakon, albeit warm & organic rather than cold & glacial (I can’t believe I said glacial, what a bell-end. At least I didn’t use ‘pushing the envelope’, that would make me a total cock). The piano-based tracks are indeed reminiscent of Max Richter, but with fewer of his trademark electronic flourishes. ‘Radio Ballet’ in particular is a straightforward classical-sounding piano piece, with ‘After Nature’ it’s string-based counterpart, and the subsequent ‘Reciting The Airships’ a graceful fusing of the two elements. The track sequencing is superbly calculated, and the album as a whole moves at a stately pace, allowing the listener time to bask in it’s glow. All very easy on the ear & unchallenging, but it never fades to mere background ambience.

‘The Music Of Richard Clayderman’ isn’t as horrific as I had feared. Some tracks are even quite pleasant in the same manner as lift-music, although you wouldn’t want to get stuck in said lift. ‘Lady Di’ is surprisingly not the most offensive track, although it did make me weep, not because it reminded me of her, but because it’s shite. Quite how the Norman distro thought Eluvium was Richard Clayderman is beyond me, but then I’m a bit of a spanner. Conspiracy theorists should take a look into this: Clayderman is French, his hair is remarkably Di-style & he’s kept a low profile since her death – is this the man ultimately responsible for Elton John’s rehash of Candle In The Wind?

In summary, Copia is a real gem, with lovely packaging too, and I can fully recommend it.

Richard Clayderman is a neo-classical numpty.
8/10 Jiří Customer rating (no review), 5th May 2017

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