Celer – Four Pieces/One – 8cm – Smallfish


Yet another delicious slice of minimalist goodness from Smallfish, this time in the form of prolific ambient/drone specialists, Celer. This 21 minute extravaganza focuses its central theme on a rich, cyclic orchestral drone and takes it on a journey that rarely defaults from its main location. This is what the duo have dubbed a “loop symphony”, one of a number of explorations into long form, hypnotic drone pieces that are a must for the total immersives amongst you. Prepare to be enveloped in a cascade of gorgeously reverberating tone structures that dreamily whisper and sway like a lone sea anemone, bathed in warm oceans. Celer shamelessly keep this perpetual groove for the duration of the piece, with perhaps minute fluctuations in timbre and equalisation to hold the attention, as sequences fade seamlessly in and out of each other, leaving auditory vapour trails in their wake, before the next sequence commences. In the hands of anyone else but Celer, this might sound like a million other ambient workouts, but Will and Dani seem to add something a little special into their mix, giving their overall sound a warmth and edginess, that has propelled them onto a host of notable labels worldwide. For the Celer completists that I know are out there, you will almost certainly have this release on your wants list..for the others of you out there that are in any doubt about Celer’s credentials, then reach for your credit card, and make this your first taste of this dynamic duo..you won’t be disappointed. 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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