Archive for October, 2010

Released in a limited edition of 350 copies, this new 10″ from the Basses Frequences imprint features two companion compositions to the the Panoramic Dreams Bathed In Seldomness. A melting pot of electronics, analogue tape manipulation, strings and field recordings (of thunder and a freight train), these tracks perhaps sound ‘bigger’ than much of Celer’s output, and yet the principles behind the duo’s stringently minimalist approach remain in check. The end result sounds like an orchestra in cryogenically suspended animation. A-side ‘Retreading Obsessions’ (recorded in Mississippi during 2007) dwells on a single, giant, weary chord for eight minutes or so, before wrapping up with a dissection of some detuned, blurry concrete sound. Providing a slightly more extroverted variation on this sort of scrupulously reductive compositional approach, ‘The Acceptance Of A Paralyzed Infinity’ (recorded in NYC during 2007) lets a little more light into the mix and reveals a greater level of melodic detail wafting around inside the drone. As was the case with certain portions of their Panoramic Dreams… album, both these pieces invite comparison to William Basinski’s elegiac tape-loop orchestrations, and the EP is certainly recommended to anyone with a penchant for that sort of enigmatic ambient composition.

Will Thomas Long y Danielle Baquet-Long estuvieron activos desde 2004 autoeditando en su propio sello Celer y editando varios CD-R’s y CD’s en sellos independientes de Estados Unidos y Europa. Este proyecto terminó en julio 2009 con motivo del fallecimiento Danielle a los 26 años el 8 de julio. En este álbum que consiste en dos partes entrega una composición ambient y minimalismo realizado con una amalgama de instrumentos y técnicas como piano, cuerdas, efectos, arreglos, cintas, campana, silbatos y grabaciones de campo. “Engaged Touches” está cerca del ambient clásico cubierto de un tapiz de drones, secciones de cuerdas que me recuerdan a Stars Of The Lid. Este CD podría ser la banda sonora de paisajes románticos.