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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Catching up with Matthew Cooper

Posted by on Tue, Aug 21, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Martin Eden
  • Lefse
  • Martin Eden (née Matthew Cooper)

Sacramento electronic label Lefse's 2012 single series continues with new material from Eluvium's Martin Eden (Portland pianist/composer Matthew Cooper). Each seven-inch is limited to 500 copies, and digital versions are also available.

Lefse made the slow-burning A-side, "Worker," available a few weeks ago, and now they've done the same with the elegiac, static-saturated B-side, "Mothernails (for daren .1)." Check out both tracks below.

Other series participants include Psychic Twin, Field Mouse, Sun Glitters, Mister Lies (Nick Zanca), and Big Search (Matt Popieluch of Fool's Gold and Foreign Born). Of the selections I've heard so far, I like Cooper's the best. Lesfe is also home to Neon Indian, Teen Daze, and Youth Lagoon. A single series seems like a great way to call attention to some of their newer or lesser known artists.

Cooper's previous configuration, Eluvium, which he formed nine years ago, is still very much a going concern. At present, he's working on a new full-length and planning a few fall tour dates. He also has a 10-inch, "Pedals/Petals," on the way from director Cameron Crowe's Vinyl Films, the same label that released the Harold and Maude original soundtrack (as Eluvium, Cooper composed the score for Some Days Are Better Than Others with Carrie Brownstein and James Mercer).

Lefse releases "Worker"/"Mothernails" on Sept 18, 2012. More information here.

 

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