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- Engaged Touches by Celer
9/10 Brett Staff review, 20 March 2009The Celer CD wasn't meant to be out until next week but the planets have aligned in a bit of a naughty fashion so here it is bright and early for your delectation. After releases on imprints such as Infraction and Unlabel, Engaged Touches sees the (I think) Parisian pair presenting Engaged Touches via Home Normal in a nice, shiny digipak. I just gave it a sniff to see if it's got that crazy scent these things sometimes do but alas no, I'll have to keep searching for a repeat of that intoxicating hit I first felt from the booklet of Suede's Coming Up CD elsewhere. To be honest it might have sent me over the edge since the music's beautying me out enough to begin with; the way the synthetic strings swell and recede in these extended ambient workouts must be what love feels like - stomachs turning in a warm, fuzzy glow, momentarily forgetting to breathe.. I know now why you cry but it's something I can never do. This is a totally gorgeous album!
9/10 Fibes Customer review, 30th April 2016
Another mesmerising record from the prolific Will Long. The slow swells are there in abundance, and where every Celer release seems to inhabit its own self-contained world so does this one. The opening passage is as gently persuasive a statement of intent as you can possibly get, sunshine flickering off the surface of a repeated motif cast from layers of synth strings. From part 1 to part 2 the summery tremulations give way to shade; a coldness begins to dominate - while all is still calm and the signature blissful calm is maintained, shadows draw long and thoughts become at once more vague and more complex.
Despite the near-obscene amount of catalogue Long has accumulated, these are no sketches or rushes - the natural minimalism of these pieces suggests they have been constructed at some pace, but the sheer depth and layers of illuminating clarity on offer decrees otherwise. You will want more.
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