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Celer is one of the most prolific and consistently enjoyable artists putting out records right now, with every one a pretty much guaranteed excursion into gorgeous drifting textures and slow-developing melodies. You know what to expect from Will Long by now, right? Well, I thought I did but this new CD is a bit of a departure.
It starts out as drifty business as usual but then unusually for Celer things disintegrate into a mess of feedback and noise after a few minutes, with spluttering and muddy guitar clanks carving out a quite emotional bit of heavily-effected guitar wrangling, which ends abruptly to introduce some kind of Japanese spoken word recording, which sounds like a radio interview or something under which you can just barely make out some distant piano tinkles, and it all eventually disintegrates into drones and then gurgling swamp monster rumble and crazy backwards digital soundswells. Bizarre.
‘Neutral Tremors of Reclusive Intensity’ then brings us back into more familiar territory with a shuddering hi-drone making a minimal celestial shimmer all over the place, but that soon dissolves into field recorded thunderstorms and distant radio crackle, later joined by snatches of disembodied voices, abruptly overtaken by harsh stuttering electric flickers and then a scratch like when your needle skips past the run-out groove and starts carving the centre sticker, which is then chopped and abused into a busy and unusual harsh noise passage, eventually settling to a nasty buzz drone which fades out. Pretty horrible.
Thankfully the brief ‘Sharp Sequel’ then takes us into more relaxing cosmic synth territory with swirling masses of phased, swelling chords rubbing up against one another lazily. A welcome respite after the harsh noise attack of the previous number. Then ‘A Less-abrupt, Multi-colored (but faded) Ending’ eases us out of this unusually varied collection with some gently throbbing synth drone loveliness. Overall this is an interesting step into more adventurous and less relaxing territory for Long.
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