[microsound-announce] New Library Tapes and Celer albums available / New Label

Jeremy Bible experimedia at gmail.com
Fri Mar 20 08:12:37 EDT 2009

Experimedia is proud to announce the release and availability of two
fantastic new albums on dear friend Ian Hawgood's new label Home

Home Normal will be kicking off with the ever wonderful Library Tapes
on March 20th. ‘Sketches’ was originally released in very limited
numbers by David Wenngren himself at Make Mine Music in 2007 as a
‘tour’ CD. On ‘Sketches’ we hear David team up with cellist Danny
Norbury (Static Caravan, Ono), whose work we will also be releasing
later in the year under his and David’s Le Lendemain guise.We decided
to repackage and re-release this beautiful work with Jeremy Bible
taking over photography, design and mastering duties."

Now available in the Experimedia shop are the first two releases on
this fantastic new label!

Library Tapes
Direct whilst elusive, sumptuous and austere, precise yet
expansive.David Wenngren’s Library Tapes is an amalgam of beautifully
juxtoposed expressions and deftly described phrases.Found sounds and
field recordings crackle and smoulder as Danny Norbury’s cello teases
out a foundation for fragile piano melodies. While those passages so
gentle and elegant form the spine of David’s sound, its the sense of
patience - of compositional balance which lifts his work to the
stratosphere. These are 11 windows to a world of timeless suspension,
of grace and of glorious decay.’

Engaged Touches
The music of Will Thomas Long’s and Danielle Baquet-Long’s Celer is an
absorbing combination of classic ambient, minimalism, and – perhaps as
the most distinct characteristic – overwhelming romanticism. Longing,
melancholy, nostalgia, and the like seem to be recurring themes in
Will and Dani’s works. Engaged Touches begins with hypnotic sounds of
a train clattering on its tracks. This departure seems to set the
whole piece into a context of travel and distance, moving away from
and towards something, someone. After a while these sounds give way to
a rousing, majestic set of string loops. Similar phases of different
field recordings and grandiose loops take turns throughout the whole
work. This brings about a dynamics of contrasts: the concrete and the
abstract, the particular and the general, the mundane and the exalted,
and so on. The phases of string loops take up most of the album and
evoke a yearning feeling of distance, grand and epic. The title,
Engaged Touches, however, refers to quite the opposite, the close and
intimate. It feels as if it is these kinds of touches that the string
loops wailingly, albeit very gracefully, long for. This is exactly the
kind of powerful romanticism that seems to define so much of Celer’s
work. Because of the heavy presence of string loops Engaged Touches
reminds me of some of Celer’s earlier works. I would call it a classic
Celer piece, if it weren’t for the fact that their oeuvre spans only a
few years back, and it would be too early to ponder the distinct
phases and the internal relations in their output. Engaged Touches is
another beautiful addition to the rapidly growing body of work by
Celer – an oeuvre that I already consider one of the most important in
modern ambient music.

Jeremy Bible
Experimedia - record label + mailorder shop + a/v arts (est.2000)

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