Boomkat Product Review:
Composed and performed in its entirety by Eluvium (aka Mathew Cooper) and seemingly intent on not giving the listener even a glimpse of recognisable instrumentation.
But, just as vocals in a foreign language give you opportunity to admire the voice as an instrument, uncluttered by the need to process the actual message being relayed, similarly 'Talk Amongst the Trees' removes the distraction of its composite parts freeing you up to enjoy the soundscapes for what they are.
The record opens with the fuzzy hearted 'New Animals From the Air', where an effortless fog of aural balm is evoked through organic elements coalescing around a gently chiming heart that brings to mind the spirit, if not the sound, of Markus Popp's Oval. Similarly, 'One' is almost monastical in its sound but again lacks any firm auditory fragments that would draw your attention away from the piece as a whole, whilst only 'Taken', with its guitar led mantra, could be considered conventional in its approach to incorporating identifiable instrumentation.
Like lint from your speakers, it may at first seem insubstantial but once it snags you'll find yourself dragged in ever deeper. Recommended.