Since I first wrote about him a couple of months ago, Martin Eden (Eluvium's Matthew Cooper) has released two more songs from his first full-length, Dedicate Function (released on Tuesday).
Of the two, I like "Verions" the best (I also posted "Short Cut" below). During its eight-minute run time, Eden sticks to the same Vangelis-meets-Kraftwerk motif, although the minimalist number grows slightly in intensity around the four-minute mark.
There isn't much to it, but the chill-out vibe is appealing (as references, his label also cites the Field, Aphex Twin, and Boards of Canada). If Cooper were to emphasize the airy, processed vocals it might sound a little like 10CC, specifically "I'm Not in Love."
I also listened to the other six tracks on his debut, and they aren't bad, although I would prefer more texture; a few rough edges here and there. It's just too smooth for my taste. Except for "Verions" and "Hum," the highlights, he eschews vocals (not counting "Etc_etc.," which features a sample from 2001: A Space Odyssey).
Although it's clear he's going for a clean, elegant sound, I feel like something is missing: visuals, perhaps, since the record plays like music designed to accompany a series of short films or a video installation (I listened while reading the The New York Times). And that's all well and good, but it's not quite enough on its own.
Possible source of Cooper's pseudonym. Dedicate Function is out now on Lefse.