Celer: All At Once Is What Eternity Is
Celer: Mane Blooms
Even though Danielle Baquet-Long is no longer with us, the Celer project will continue to exist so long as Will Long is present to oversee the formal release of the group's archived material. What we've got here are two works of modest duration in formats different from the conventional CD.
Celer's music seems perfectly tailored for a vinyl format, given the wistful chracter of the group's music and the nostalgic feeling one experiences when handling the petite seven-inch disc Mane Blooms is pressed on. That the combination feels so natural makes it all the more surprising, then, to discover that Mane Blooms is the very first Celer release to appear on wax (it's intended as a companion recording to the group's other Low Point release Brittle). The A-side piece, “Gaited Florets,” transforms heavily processed cello and piano sounds into wispy, gauzy streams of tranquil character (apparently field recordings Dani made while horse-riding along the California coastline find their way into the setting too). Interestingly, the flip side's “Cantering In A Copper Dress” revisits the opening side's material by inverting its structure and musical motifs in a way that mirrors the A side-B side dichotomy of the vinyl format. While the group's meditative material admittedly lends itself most naturally to a CD-length presentation, the seven-inch is only able to offer two brief samplings of Celer's sound. Even so, they're delectable snapshots that provide a nice addition to the group's still-growing body of work.Qintessential Celer, the three-inch release, All At Once Is What Eternity Is, is twenty-three minutes of field recordings of bell chimes tinkling in the wind and assorted rustlings alongside strings and shimmering drones. Time-suspending as always, the long-form setting (recorded in October 2007) gradually finds the reverberant drone dominating and the natural sounds vanishing—until they return even more forcefully in the form of hammering sounds that suggest the building of some wooden structure. As per usual in the Celer universe, abstract and real-world sounds intermingle, with the one moving to the forefront for a brief episode before ceding the spot to the other for its own brief spell. The recording isn't unlike what we've heard before from Celer but it's transporting nevertheless.