Celer – The Everything and the Nothing – CD – Infraction

Celer are rapidly emerging as one of a crop of highly talented new ambient artists doing the rounds of worthy and reputable labels. With no finer credentials that the release of their “Mesoscaphe” album on Spekk last year, and more recently their sublimely minimal “Nacreous Clouds” on US label, and/OAR (well worth repeated listening), Celer’s husband and wife team, Will and Dani have come up with another fine release in the form of The Everything and the Nothing, for Infraction. With their usual attention to fine packaging and presentation, this beautiful work homes in on skilfully assembled moody drift-ambient territory as exemplified by the likes of luminaries such as Biosphere, and Seefeel, or possibly Lull. Utilising elegantly cascading whorls of orchestrated sound, looping around a central theme that is sparsely populated, yet utterly hypnotic as it gently unfolds, this 71 minute epic makes several transitions, each transition being separately titled with oblique and enigmatic names such as Dancing as Terrorism, The Sangha Inside, Chest Mulct, or So Very Sari I Swear. Essentially, all of these elements occupy similar sonic territory, with occasional intrusions and deflections to maintain interest, The Everything and The Nothing is a glimpse into the world of the sublime, a cavernous dronescape that maintains a steady discourse with the spiritual and etheric world, shimmering and sparkling with a rich and rare beauty. Absolutely Essential listening. BGN




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WHITE_LINE was set up three years ago, in order to play and promote the work of artists and musicians working under the banner of "minimalism", in all its many guises. This has led to a regular and highly successful mix slot on the Garden of Earthly Delights radio show in the UK, and guest appearances on Resonance FM (frequenzen show). We now aim to extend the remit of the mix slots by reviewing (as often as possible) material that encapsulates and crystallises the minimalist ethic, and hopefully we'll be leading artists and audiences alike towards a deeper appreciation of this and other marginalised genres. I welcome your comments, and criticisms, and would love to hear from labels and artists who would like their work showcased on the show, or reviewed here. We regret that due to time constraints, we cannot review everything that is sent to us, but will endeavour to give exceptional work an "honourable mention" at the very least, and links to quality sites that we think worthy of mentioning. I am trying to support labels and artists as much as possible by promoting their work, not least because I am a stereotypical "struggling artist" myself, but also because there are so few younger artists entering this particular scene, and there is a danger of it becoming the sole domain of a handful of forty somethings who really ought to be doing something better with their time! Having worked for most of the more reputable underground magazines in the early 90's, I was never afforded the luxury of taking time and care over reviews, as deadlines and column space were always hanging like the sword of Damocles over me. With WHITE_LINE, I have the luxury of being able to review when I have time, and I am receptive to a particular mood, and hopefully this will reflect in the quality and length of some of the reviews. If you like what you see, please link to me to encourage more traffic through the site, and cross promote whatever is happening out there. Address for promotional material: 45 Drovers Walk Spring Park, Kingsthorpe Northampton NN2 8BB UK

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