Saturday, 13 March 2010
Muslimgauze, possibly? Perhaps, but in an arguably narrower range. Few other artists' fecundity matches that of Celer, one of LMYE's 20 artists of 2009 - & almost none maintained the same quality across a raft of often very long releases.
The five years they operated as a duo & solo artist Chubby Wolf are embedded in countless hours of mostly ambient drones (characteristically softly lulling, sometimes much darker) - see Bandcamp array below, or their mammoth discography (Discogs). With poems & photos part of their output too, they seem to have been seized by an epic creativity until Danielle Baquet-Long's death last year (at a tragically young age - an awful further parallel with Bryn Jones/Muslimgauze).
It's painful to consider the excellence of Celer's 2009 output in particular (albums like Breezes, Brittle, Capri, Four Pieces & Poulaine are among their finest, reflecting a clear refinement & maturing of their art over time - to these ears at least). But very little of their vast output, including the several free releases, isn't fully worth your time.
Hear a host of examples from across their work below.
Celer > A Lifetime of Wasted Breaths (from Flowers, Dragon's Eye) > Birds in Yellow (from Translations of Opacity - For Michelangelo Antonioni, and/OAR) > Unreleased Theme for a Film (from The Silent Ballet Vol. 7, Lost Children)
Cantering In A Copper Dress
Celer - In Escaping Lakes
Live in Memphis (play my tape).
Finally, Engaged Touches (excerpts) / Engaged Touches Part 2 (Home Normal), Breeze of Roses (excerpt; Dragon's Eye), Ariill / Red Seals (Archaic Horizon), Belsslsssll (Rope Swing Cities), nacreous clouds (excerpts; andOAR), Symphony 19 (excerpts; S19, with Devin Sarno), Mesoscaphe (excerpts; Spekk, with Mathieu Ruhlmann) & Pockets of Wheat (excerpts; Soundscaping).
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