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.
LIMITED EDITION GICLEE ART PRINT
While supplies last, we are offering an exclusive, limited-edition Nightmare Ending giclee art print, featuring new, original artwork from renowned artist, Jeannie Lynn Paske. Her work has graced the covers of many Eluvium albums over the years, and we've long looked forward to the opportunity to work with her in a greater capacity. Expertly printed using the giclee process on high-quality archival fine art paper by the esteemed folks at Oregon Fine Art Printing, each print measures approximately 12x12 inches (30x30 cm). Each print is signed by the artist, and includes a digital download coupon for high-quality 320k MP3s of the entire Nightmare Ending album. These are strictly limited to 300 copies, and are shipped flat in a rigid, well-packaged cardboard mailer.
1. Don't Get Any Closer
3. By The Rails
4. Unknown Variation
7. Envenom Mettle
2. Rain Gently
3. Impromptu (For The Procession)
4. Covered In Writing
6. Strange Arrivals