CELER: Inside the Head of Gods CD Two Acorns

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CELER: Inside the Head of Gods     CD  Two Acorns

Will Long is ridiculously prolific.  ‘Inside the Head of Gods’ is no less, his third physical release this year.  Past years have yielded similar results.

Based on the paintings of Taichi Kondo for his exhibition ‘What’s My Name?’ in the Philippines; Celer has taken inspiration from various elements of the artwork and made an aural accompaniment.  The varying imagery giving rise to the sounds, whether they be quiet, loud, synthetic or analogue.

This latest piece of work is best played in one sitting.  Rich tonal throbs ooze out as long warm drones; remaining as a friendly cascade of musical colour, rarely dipping their toes into darkness.

Essentially, the ten relatively short tracks on display do play out as one long track.  There is little to be gained by skipping and searching through, for any vast difference between them.  If anything, this could quite easily have been on a loop in the background to the installation itself, being as inoffensive and endearing as it is.

8.5/10

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CELER: Akagi CD Two Acorns

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CELER: Akagi          CD    Two Acorns

For those not in the know, Celer is US musician Will Long, who has resided in Japan for a number of years. When citing the works of Celer, it is almost impossible to mention everything he has done. Take time to look through his discography and you will be floored by the amount of albums he has released. Of course, I do not have all of them and whether these in their entirety are worthwhile, I could not say.

The last album I encountered by Long was the wonderfully enchanting ‘Sky Limits’; and ‘Akagi’ is no less impressive. One long track that plays out for just shy of 80 minutes might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but there are moments in my life when I need to just put something on whilst watching my cat play; or just contemplating life over a cup of coffee whilst staring into nowhere in particular.

This album fills those spaces with a serene wealth of rich tones and reverberated, understated pads that creep into the corners of your soul. It is of little surprise that this recording was made for a live Yoga event in the Yougenji Temple in Northern Tokyo, given the mindfulness that has gone into the evocative tranquillity that Long achieves, on this truly relaxing addition to his lengthy career.

9/10