“Jeannie and I met before Eluvium existed and she was actually one of the first people to really seem to understand what I was doing,” Cooper says. “I think we feed each other’s creative senses and give each other reminders of concepts and realities that we can sometimes forget. It just feels good and natural and ever inspiring and without expectation.”
“With False Readings On, I started wondering about how people form their structures of belief about themselves, what they are based in, how people believe what they believe and how misinformation plays a part in our society - whether political, religious, spiritual, or “value” oriented. I thought what it would be like to remove all of this from a person, then applying these thoughts to myself instead of towards society as a whole or “others”. It was interesting. It caused some anxieties to say the least.”
Such ideas run central to the album’s main theme of cognitive dissonance, evoking the tension that occurs from having two or more conflicting thoughts. “Inconsistencies are practically the foundation of society. Even just getting out of bed, the list would already be astronomical,” explains Cooper, who sees these imbalances as the reason for our existing thought processes.
While Cooper strives to find inconsistencies in False Readings On, the listener seeks the very opposite. Quite a striking example of confirmation bias you could say, yet one that we knew all along, that this is, ironically, yet another captivating Eluvium record.
“The dissonance within us is created by the existence of these hypocritical absolutes in life and our inability to accept them. We change our thought patterns or use confirmation bias to make the inconsistencies work within our structure of belief. It’s just a fact of life really.”