title: Levitation And Breaking Points
catalog number: and/38
release year: 2011
status: sold out
"Dedicated to the anonymous & unknown."
Originally self-published as a very limited triple 3" CDR release in May, 2009,
Celer's Levitation And Breaking Points is now available again on CD - this time
limited to 300 copies. Surely one of Celer's most subtly beautiful and uplifting
albums out of an already beautiful, highly prolific and much celebrated
discography of work. Especially magical to listen to in the early evening as the
sunlight fades below the horizon... a balm for the soul.
1. Floating Parasomnia
2. The Enlightened Scapegrace
3. Obtuse Sensibility
Poetry by Danielle Baquet -Long.
Photography and cover design by Dale Lloyd.
Celer are the wife and husband duo of Dani Baquet-Long and Will Long.
Danielle Baquet -Long (1982-2009) was a teacher of special education and music
therapy, a seasoned and published writer of poetry and prose, a painter,
multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, also recording under the project name of
Chubby Wolf. She had an extensive background in Gender Studies, Education,
Basque History, Photography, and Tibetan Studies, as well as having lived in
India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and the United States.
Will Long has also worked in education, and is a published writer of fiction,
non-fiction, and poetry, with degrees from two universities in English and History,
and with a background in Creative Writing, Philosophy, and Literature. He is also
an instrumentalist, interested in finding a meeting place through music between
the analog and digital world, through field recordings, custom software,
arrangements, and concepts. Will currently lives in Tokyo, Japan, working in
publishing, photography, music, and writing. He manages the label Two Acorns,
and handles all releases, communication, and distribution of Celer and Chubby
Wolf, also performing live regularly as Celer, and collaborating with other artists.
During Will and Dani's time together, they produced numerous custom, handmade
self-releases, sound for installations and art exhibitions, as well as creating works
for independent labels in North America, Japan, and Europe. Their intent is
producing works that reflect the nature of love, family, and their concerns and
interests, through a relative and absolute symposium of expression.
IGLOO (FEBRUARY 2012)
Originally released as three, single-track mini CDRs in a hand-painted carton box,
these long-form pieces show off Celer at its prime, masters of a uniquely affecting
ambient music that garnered the duo a standing among critics and listeners it
never relinquished. The rhythm of the ”all-inclusive” is still there but it now pulses
gently under the thin skin of the temples. The drone is accordant but leavened
with a nigh on undetectable atonal yeast. Levitation is indeed achieved though
the only breaking points occur between tracks and even then are barely
noticeable. Rather, the album is as smooth and flawless as a fresh sheet of ice. It
possesses a seraphic decorum that makes you feel virtuous just by listening.
TOUCHING EXTREMES (FEBRUARY 2012)
It takes just a few words to explicit our impressions in front of Levitation And
Breaking Points, re-released by Dale Lloyd’s and/OAR two years after the original
triple 3-inch edition. Describing the mere exteroception – as always in
corresponding circumstances – is an intention that ultimately results in the typical
fatuousness attached to any similar attempt when one listens to uncrystallized
masses of sound rich in shifts of imaginary harmonies and ethereal chromaticity.
Perhaps we could do better referring to “presence” and “absence”, for these two
opposites lie – here more than anywhere else in Celer’s recorded output – at the
basis of the pervading sense of noetic improvement and corporeal liquefaction
perceived during the protraction of the experience (needless to say, this disc is a
natural nominee for the “infinite repeat” mode). The richness of psychological
phenomenologies remains the most valid point of discussion for this type of
outing; both Will and Dani Long worked in the ambit of music therapy, so they
were probably able to predict certain effects on a listener’s involuntary cognition
since the beginning. What the miserable reviewer must do in such a circumstance
is, once again, stressing the need of separating who operates in this area with a
background of genuine education and sentience from those who join the
bandwagon without having a clue about the grandness of these issues. Celer were
in search of truths while in exploration, and this record shows their absolute
commitment to orbiting towards spheres that – hypothetically – any individual
gifted with serious inner means and a modicum of volition can reach. Especially
by remaining silent. (Massimo Ricci)