Inventions is a Portland-based ambient electronic/drone/slowcore collaboration between Matthew Cooper from Eluvium and Mark T. Smith from Explosions in the Sky. The two had been friends for a long time, but in 2013, Cooper asked Smith to play guitars on the song “Envenom Mettle” from the spectacular Eluvium double-album Nightmare Ending. I featured that song back in June of 2013 here. At the time, I didn’t even know that Mark Smith played guitars on that song.
Anyway, that song set the wheels in motion for Cooper and Smith to form this collaborative project. Inventions released their self-titled debut album in January of 2014 via Temporary Residence. It’s the natural home for that band since both Explosions and Eluvium are on that label.
Somehow, that slipped under my radar. It was only by dumb luck a few months ago that I stumbled upon the announcement about the new album. I was looking on the Temporary Residence website for something else entirely when I found the details about this. They were packaging a pre-sale of the proper album and the bonus disc of remixes from which today’s song comes. I wanted to pre-order that 2xLP after some miscommunication left me with some store credit, but that didn’t work out. I waited for the release date and ended up getting the remix tracks as a bonus to my digital download anyway.
This project is much more what you would expect from Eluvium than from Explosions. Very mellow. Ambient electronics. Loops and stuff. The kind of thing you listen to in order to relax.
As far as the remix goes, it’s done by some guys called A Winged Victory For The Sullen. They’re on a label called Erased Tapes, and the only thing I know about them is that they do ambient, drone-y, classical-ish compositions.
The album version of “Slow Breathing Circuit” is great, but these guys made it a bunch better with their tweaks.
This is that song:
“Slow Breathing Circuit (A Winged Victory For The Sullen remix)” by Inventions
Okay, they didn’t really “tweak” it. They totally re-imagined the song. And it’s great. There’s a good deal of acoustic guitar in the album version. Almost completely done away with here and replaced with some super-ambient loops and drone effects and some synth stuff. And there’s some really lovely piano bits that aren’t in the album version. I like the remix quite a bit better.
I wouldn’t recommend this for the commute to or from work. I wouldn’t recommend this for doing driving of any kind. You should listen to this while you’re sitting down to relax. It probably goes better with a nice cold beverage on the front porch, or maybe while you’re relaxing in your living room with the lights turned off and the spouse and kids already gone to bed.
If you want to get this remix on vinyl, there are only a very few of them in the Temporary Residence store here. If you purchase your digital download from eMu, or via bandcamp here, you’ll get the remixes as a bonus.