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  • Summary: This is the eighth full-length studio release for Matthew Cooper under the name Eluvium.
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  • Record Label: Temporary Residence
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Electronic, Post-Rock, Experimental Ambient
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Sep 2, 2016
    83
    False Readings On leaves you with as much unease as it does catharsis. But these steps forward make sense for the composer as he forges on.
  2. Sep 1, 2016
    80
    All together, False Readings On is not without weight and form, but it does leave an outsized impression for the mass it wields.
  3. Sep 1, 2016
    80
    Cooper seems to have found just the right balance of electronic elements and traditional instrumentation for this album, as well.
  4. Sep 1, 2016
    80
    False Readings On is a calmer, more pensive, and more inward-looking affair than Cooper’s recent Inventions releases.
  5. Jan 19, 2017
    80
    If False Readings On proves anything, it’s that Matthew Cooper has again shown just how good he is at making music that’s too engrossing to be just ambient, too pretty to be just noise, too eventful to be just drone (as worthy as those all are as forms) and too individual to be the work of anyone else.
  6. Sep 7, 2016
    70
    The sense persists that the more Eluvium piles on, the less unique he sounds. False Readings On is awesome while it’s playing, and when it stops, it’s gone.
  7. Sep 14, 2016
    70
    If sometimes the grandeur threatens to overwhelm, the album’s subtle gradations just as often leave me struggling to explain why exactly they make me shiver, pause, cry, or, at their most elusive, disappear.

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Score distribution:
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  1. Jan 8, 2017
    9
    Eluvium continues to shine as a purveyor of fine ambiance. His songs beckon like a lost friend and become only more familiar with each listen.Eluvium continues to shine as a purveyor of fine ambiance. His songs beckon like a lost friend and become only more familiar with each listen. This is an album that can be left on repeat without ever realizing. Expand