There's been a flurry of Celer releases this past year or two, but nobody's discussing them here. Those aware of their history know of course about the death of Danielle Baquet-Long, half of the duo (the other half being husband Will Long). Apparently there is quite a bit of material they recorded together that is coming out on various labels. This year alone I've bought "Dying Star," limited to 500 on Dragon's Eye Recordings; "Pockets of Wheat" on Soundscaping; and "Salvaged Violets" on Infraction (2 CD's). There are a couple others I don't have yet: "Generic City," a collaboration with Yui Onodera, and a release on the French label Basses Frequences.
"Dying Star" is super quiet minimal Eno-type ambient (all synths). Probably the least "experimental" release so far. You really need the headphones for this one it's so quiet.
"Pockets of Wheat" and "Salvaged Violets" are darker and more experimental oriented, and mastered with more volume--a "louder" type of quiet music. "Violets" is a two-disc set, with the discs not having any track titles or numbering on each disc. The floral patterns on the CD's are very similar so you don't know which is Disc 1 and Disc 2. Talk about minimal! I found this
a bit weird but maybe because the droning soundscapes are so amorphous and non-specific that it doesn't really matter.
It's hard to pin down what makes Celer so enigmatic. I find the music to be at once simple and complex. A lot of it has this hovering, meandering quality with lots of spatial processing that is very subtle. Like the best ambient, it's "background" music that demands attention nevertheless. I'm not sure what Celer's influences were but Eno seems to be an obvious one; organic, ethereal, but not quite "space music." Celer's releases are so subtle and "barely there" that I am never quite blown away by them, yet I continue to be fascinated enough to keep collecting their work.