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Saturday, 13 March 2010

Gaited lakes

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

Gaited Florets

Celer - In Escaping Lakes


<a href="http://celer.bandcamp.com/album/elias">1 Untitled by Celer</a>

<a href="http://celer.bandcamp.com/album/neon">Apathy Has Its Own Momentum by Celer</a>

<a href="http://celer.bandcamp.com/album/cantus-libres">1 by Celer</a>

<a href="http://celer.bandcamp.com/track/mandala">Mandala by Celer</a>

<a href="http://celer.bandcamp.com/album/sieline">Slowly wire circles in the drinking smiles, weaving copper plants by Celer</a>

<a href="http://celer.bandcamp.com/album/descender">1 by Celer</a>

<a href="http://celer.bandcamp.com/album/continents">La Oroya's Cantankerous Bells by Celer</a>

<a href="http://celer.bandcamp.com/album/scols">Archival Footage of Only the Lost and Forgotten by Celer</a>

<a href="http://celer.bandcamp.com/album/sunlir">Spelunking The Arteries Of Our Ancestors by Celer</a>

<a href="http://chubbywolf.bandcamp.com/album/meandering-pupa">Annell This Chord of Bliss by Chubby Wolf</a>

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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