Oh, good! About a month ago, when Matthew Cooper a.k.a. Eluvium announced the debut of his Martin Eden project, alongside a 7-inch for Lefse Records, I secretly feared the possibility of that being it. At the time, a full-length album wasn’t even alluded to, so it kind of felt like Cooper was just testing the waters a bit, uncertain as he may have been as to how fans might react to his unofficial homage to Aphex Twin. But no, Martin Eden does have a full-length album coming out. In fact, Dedicate Function is due out on October 9, less than a month after his 7-inch is set to be (physically) released (on September 18).
Clearly, Cooper was just stringing us along, trying to act like his alter ego wasn’t really his alter ego for the long-run. It’s like if Alfred suddenly got jealous of Bruce Wayne’s success as Batman, and decided to become a crime-fighting hero himself, in an ominous-looking butler costume. “I’m just having some fun, Bruce!” Alfred might say. But he’s not just having some fun. He’s taking it seriously. (Can you tell that I just saw a certain movie recently?)
In addition to announcing the album, Martin Eden has also released a new track, “Verions,” which you can listen to below. A press release describes Dedicate Function as sounding “a world apart” from the “assumed influences” of The Field, Aphex Twin, and Boards of Canada. I won’t go that far, but I can certainly think of worse artists to be compared to.
Dedicate Function tracklisting:
02. Short Cut
06. Return Life