Pianoworks is Eluvium’s first solo piano album since his sophomore album, An 'Accidental Memory In The Case Of Death' (2004). Inspired by the quiet thoughts and solitary observations of children – and the evolution/dissolution of that ephemeral, uncorrupted wonder of simple joy – Pianoworks begins with a song about children’s piano lessons, and culminates with an etude driven by the struggle to hold onto innocence and imagination as adulthood settles in.
The record’s dramatic simplicity in both execution and expression is with purpose: Cooper wants the music to be simple enough to inspire children and novices to play, and the concept simple enough to resonate regardless of age or experience. As any minimalist painter, poet, or architect can attest, it is oftentimes the profoundly simple art that proves to be the most time-consuming and torturous to produce.
'Pianoworks' exemplifies this dichotomy, having been recorded, re-recorded, and re-re-recorded in the span of nearly a decade. Cooper exhausted every attempt to achieve a very specific, peculiar sound that is out of time – a sound not entirely lost in an attic, but also one not easily found in a playlist. The process to achieve this elusive sound was painstaking, but it has yielded a rare kind of music that is as uncomplicated as it is uncompromised.
+ 3LP Indie Version Set, pressed on 'mother of pearl' coloured vinyl (limited to 1000 copies): includes the bonus album, 'Pianoworks' Vol. 2, featuring new recordings of every Eluvium solo piano work ever released. All 3 records are pressed onto a unique, custom-mixed Iridescent Mother of Pearl colored vinyl.
+ 2CD Deluxe Set (limited to 2,000 copies): includes the bonus album, Pianoworks Vol. 2, featuring new recordings of every Eluvium solo piano work ever released.
+ Book (Limited Edition of 1,000): A beautiful 76-page perfect bound sheet music book featuring easy-to-follow transcriptions of every solo piano song ever released by Eluvium.
1. Recital (3:51)
2. Quiet Children (4:24)
3. Carrier 32 (2:49)
4. Inherent Mosaic (2:46)
5. Transfiguration One (4:45)
6. Masquerade (2:42)
7. Underwater Dream (4:02)
8. Vacuous Plenum (3:49)
9. Transfiguration Two (3:37)
10. Paper Autumnalia (4:17)
11. Myriad Days (1:59)
12. Soliloquy & Aside (5:46)
13. Empathy For A Silhouette (6:07)
Bonus Album Track Listing
(Included with 3LP Indie LP and 2CD Deluxe Versions)
1. An Accidental Memory In The Case Of Death (3:05)
2. Genius And The Thieves (1:49)
3. Perfect Neglect In A Field Of Statues (5:39)
4. Nepenthe (3:14)
5. In A Sense (1:41)
6. The Well-Meaning Professor (7:09)
7. Prelude For Time Feelers (5:20)
8. Radio Ballet (3:30)
9. Hymn #1 (1:23)
10. Caroling (3:44)
11. Impromptu (For The Procession) (3:44)
12. Entendre (4:20)
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