Esteemed Pedigree Irrelevant

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It’s nice to see Mark Smith (from Explosions in the Sky) and Matthew Cooper (from Eluvium) — neither of whom could really be described as “prolific” — making music together. There aren’t any surprises here, though that isn’t necessarily the point. Falling somewhere between the fragile fireworks of Explosions and the meditative textures of Cooper’s work, this first track from Invention is a six-minute soak in a bathtub that doesn’t go cold. There’s an enveloping warmth, the occasional splash, and an overall feeling of distraction-free peace. I’m excited to hear the rest of the record, which will be released in early April by our old friends at Temporary Residence.

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