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Inventions
Maze of Woods

Inventions — Maze of Woods (March 17th, 2015)

           Inventions — Maze of WoodsInventions — Maze of Woods≥•   Maze of Woods je produkt dvou mistrů svého řemesla. Představ si, že jsou ztraceni v poušti ..., “dělají něco, co nevědí, jak to udělat,” a objevují se s něčím zcela nečekaným a úchvatně krásným.
Location: Portland, Oregon / Austin, Texas
Album release: March 17th, 2015
Record Label: Temporary Residence / Bella Union
Duration:     40:13
Tracks:
01. Escapers     3:47
02. Springworlds     4:54
03. Peregrine     6:00
04. Slow Breathing Circuit     4:07
05. A Wind From All Directions     5:09
06. Wolfkids     4:23
07. Moanmusic     5:28
08. Feeling the Sun Thru the Earth at Night     6:25
2015 Temporary Residence Ltd.
≥•   Inventions are the collaborative sum of longtime friends Matthew Cooper of Eluvium, and Mark T. Smith of Explosions In The Sky. Their 2014 eponymous debut album introduced an ambition to create music that was both challenging and comforting. Their new album, Maze of Woods, opens with a vocal sample declaring, “I wanted to do something that I don’t know how to do.” Using this as a mission statement, Inventions have crafted a complex and exuberant album from an array of instruments, samples, found sounds, beats, chants, and raw bursts of noise, with a much greater emphasis on strong vocal accompaniment in every song. Two albums released in the span of 11 months speaks to the drive that these two have felt since they started playing together. Much like on the first record, they again mixed the album in a house on the Oregon coastline, with final mixing and production all done by Smith and Cooper. Inventions have stated that much of the inspiration for Maze of Woods comes from the closing paragraph of Denis Johnson’s novella Train Dreams. In that paragraph, Johnson describes the nonverbal howl of a feral wolf boy, a pre–language that is yearning and instinctual; a statement of wordless distress and love. ≥•   Maze of Woods is the product of two masters of their craft getting lost in the wilderness, “doing something that they don’t know how to do,” and emerging with something wholly unexpected and beguilingly beautiful.”
PRE–REVIEW
Explosions in the Sky offshoot Inventions announce new album, premiere “Springworlds”
BY MICHELLE GESLANION JANUARY 13, 2015, 8:15PM
≥•   Explosions in the Sky’s Mark T. Smith and Matthew Cooper, aka Eluvium, have reconvened for a new Inventions album. Entitled Maze of Woods, it’s due out March 17th via Temporary Residence. The eight-track effort serves as follow–up to last year’s self–titled debut.
≥•   According to press materials, Maze of Woods was inspired by the closing paragraph of Denis Johnson’s 2002 novella Train Dreams:
In that paragraph, Johnson describes the non–verbal howl of a feral wolf boy, a pre–language that is yearning and instinctual; a statement of wordless distress and love. ≥•   Maze of Woods is the product of two masters of their craft getting lost in the wilderness, ‘doing something that they don’t know how to do,’ and emerging with something wholly unexpected and beguilingly beautiful.
Inventions has offered a preview of the album in the form of “Springworlds”, a slow–burning, meditative number. :: http://consequenceofsound.net/
Biography
≥•   Inventions began in 2013 as a collaboration between Eluvium’s Matthew Cooper and Mark T. Smith of instrumental post–rock band Explosions in the Sky. The two had long been friends and both had albums with their respective bands on the Temporary Residence Ltd. label when Inventions was conceived. Also notably, at the time of Inventions’ formation, Cooper hadn’t played in the context of anything other than solo output since participating in the obligatory basement punk bands as a teenager, and Smith hadn’t played in any outfit other than Explosions in the Sky since they got their start in the late ‘90s. The duo’s shifting explorations of synth tones and electronic trickery took the form of a self–titled album, which was released by Temporary Residence in April of 2014.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/inventionsmusic
Label: http://temporaryresidence.com/
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