I feel indebted to shorty for introducing me to this group. Perhaps I would have eventually found out about them some other way, but regardless, they are my favorite ambient music discovery, and one of my favorite discoveries period, of the past year.
Celer was the artistic partnership of Dani Baquet-Long and Will Long, which yielded somewhere around 50 full length albums in the minimalist/drone/ambient genres, about half of which have not been released yet, and all of which (that I've heard) are exquisitely crafted and deeply emotionally resonating. Tragically last July saw the inexplicable passing away of Dani from heart failure at the age of 26, a couple weeks or months after shorty began talking about them here. No new Celer albums have been made since, or will be made.
The more albums I listen to by Celer the more I find that it's absolutely impossible to summarize what they had to say with only one of them. Anybody that has heard and enjoyed a single Celer album should make it a top priority to hear more, because they're very diverse while being incredibly consistent in quality.
I wish I had a physical copy of everything Celer ever made. Unfortunately I'll have to be satisfied with collecting most of their music digitally, since many of their albums are only available in limited handmade self-released packaging, or else digital rips. Here's a running list of all Celer albums I've acquired, for anyone interested in trading:
All At Once is What Eternity Is
Breeze of Roses
Close Proximity and the Unhindered Care-All
Compositions for Cassette
Discourses of the Withered
Dwell In Possibility
Four Pieces part One
Four Pieces part Two
Four Pieces part Three
I Love You So Much I Can't Even Title This (The Light That Never Goes Out Went Out)
In Escaping Lakes
Pockets of Wheat
Rags of Contentment
love, love, love
oh yeah there's lots of Celer to download on shorty's blog.