Celer
An Immensity Merely To Save Life


3.5
great

Review

by MisterTornado CONTRIBUTOR (47 Reviews)
January 13th, 2012 | 18 replies | 2,796 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Journey somewhere far away in the deep recesses of a bygone state

Drone is an often misunderstood genre, one taken for granted and victimized by naysayers who regress to easier, more digestible audible escapes. Though taken into consideration, if escapism is indeed what a listener craves when sinking into a new album, logic would sway more towards drone’s underlying aesthetic, as escaping reality is the one of the key objectives of the genre. Without a voice, lyrics, or often times definable instruments, the music relies heavily on hypnotic elements such as sunken tones, swaying hums, and lucid textures to convey its message. It can be a truly mesmerizing effect, and on An Immensity Merely To Save Life, Celer demonstrate how to effectively render the concept of escapism into music, by gently guiding the listener through a soothing cosmos of warm structures and loose memories, to somewhere far away in the deep recesses of a bygone state.

Though only consisting of two tracks, An Immensity Merely To Save Life is a full and well-rounded listen, with each track evoking shared cohesive elements throughout, yet maintaining discreet characteristics as individuals. “Of My Complaisance” opens the album on a dreary note, with forlorn emotions gently scarring the hanging backdrop. The faint reminisce of strings can be heard sirening through the foggy arrangement, contrasting the damp atmosphere in search of life as gorgeous earth toned textures further steal the composition of breath. The ghosts eventually evaporate, and amidst the shrouded aftermath looms the “Gusts Of Hysterical Petulance”, a considerably more uplifting piece guided by the drowning echoes of a submerged synthesizer. Following the flood are expanding vibrations that accent the watery downfall, closing the album with a strange contrast of comfortable unease.

I assume this isn’t the first time Celer have successfully vehicled consciousness, as they have an immense catalogue full of what looks to be promising material, though this is the first album I’ve heard from the group. Despite their clearly frequent output, this is an album from start to finish that is extremely well put together, like every muted pulse, delicate murmur, and blurry vibration was enlightened by the dimly tuned knob of a physics major. Their awareness of space and how to fill it is a vital factor throughout, as the slightest change in pitch or tempo would derail the slightly mutating repetition of misted phrases off its beaten path. There’s no clear conceptual drive here, but after listening there’s certainly a chance you’ll feel like you’ve been somewhere else altogether, like the shadow of something indescribable.

Though this is music that consists of confronting subtleties and opaque subject matter, it doesn’t have to be clouded beneath the majorities comfort zone. This is surprisingly immediate ambient music that anybody could appreciate, whether familiar with the genre or not. These are sounds that on the surface, barely exist, but as time goes on feel intimately real and close to the mind as they wash out of their respected source, transporting the listener through a calming loop of aural bliss. Drone is as much a conscious effort as it is an audible one, and it’s albums like An Immensity Merely To Save Life that put this idea to the test, and if you give it a chance it can take you somewhere else completely.



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MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
January 13th 2012


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ambient in 2012 just got a standard. Stream it on their bandcamp page for free | http://celer.bandcamp.com/album/an-immensity-merely-to-save-life

KILL
January 13th 2012


71743 Comments


dude you rule for having a uk office pic

Digging: Invisible - El jardin de los presentes

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
January 13th 2012


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

m/

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
January 13th 2012


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ambient is tough to sell on sputnik...

trix4dix
January 13th 2012


343 Comments


is this new? i thought the wife part of the duo was dead

trix4dix
January 13th 2012


343 Comments


but yea this is band is great, prob wont get much attention around here tho

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
January 13th 2012


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hm, the wife part, is it a husband and wife duo? I'm not too familiar with who's in the group, as I stated this is my first album from them.

trix4dix
January 13th 2012


343 Comments


yea it was, i just looked it up the husband is still continuing it solo

trix4dix
January 13th 2012


343 Comments


capri is the album i have when it was still both of them, its great

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
January 13th 2012


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ah I see, thanks. And I'll check that out, what's it sound like?

trix4dix
January 13th 2012


343 Comments


its very hazy dreamy drone, but instead of just two tracks there are many shorter ones. i need to check this out hadnt realized celer was still continuing to make music

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
January 13th 2012


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cool, will get on that. Yeah and I'm assuming there's more to come in 2012

jefflebowski
January 14th 2012


8242 Comments


yay for martin freeman

good review too

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MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
January 14th 2012


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ye

Havey
July 3rd 2012


9680 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

gonna check out this and Diving Into the Plasma Pool todayyy

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
July 4th 2012


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

They put out a crazy amount of albums, but alot of it really is worth checking out. Found this one in
particular to be entrancing.

oltnabrick
December 8th 2013


30785 Comments


http://celer.bandcamp.com/album/sendai-08-24-13

Digging: Monte / Magntophonique - Split

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
December 8th 2013


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Rodolphe Alexis' nightlife :O



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