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Nightmare Ending

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Robert Kerwin
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Robert Kerwin When I try to describe this album, I end up with a string of adjectives rather than a true description: atmospheric...melancholy tinged with hope...like a clearing storm. Although the songs are sometimes quite different from one another, I'm amazed at how cohesive the collection feels. I highly recommend this! Favorite track: Covered In Writing.
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Swaffy After listening to the whole album I believe Happiness is the one that finally broke me. Absolutely stunning work of art this album is. Favorite track: Happiness.
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Nightmare Ending is the first proper Eluvium album released since 2010's Similes, the unexpectedly vocal-heavy ambient-pop record that simultaneously delighted and confounded longtime fans. But the Nightmare Ending story actually began years earlier, as it was intended to be the follow-up to the watershed album, Copia. Conceived as a way of helping loosen his self-imposed ideals of perfection, Cooper labeled each Nightmare Ending track as either a "dream," or an "imperfection" – a way of differentiating the philosophical concept of "dream vs. reality," couched in the more tangible technical distinctions of "flawless vs. flawed." With each progressive listen those differences naturally challenged themselves, and without relying on the standardized perfection protocol, Cooper became increasingly reluctant to release any of it. He shelved it, and pursued Similes instead. But Nightmare Ending wouldn't go away; it lingered in the back of his mind, the abandoned fruits of a truly worthwhile and noble journey towards a less creatively constraining mindset. Cooper returned to it with renewed vigor, writing and recording in a blur of time that spanned several years. The result is a body of work that encompasses everything remarkable about past Eluvium albums, executed more powerfully and poignant than ever before.

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released May 14, 2013

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