I’ve known about Celer for a while now. When I first started making my foray in to ambient/drone, Celer was one of the first names I came across. Thus far, everything I’ve heard from Celer (as of late, just Will Long) has been nothing less than pleasant on the ears but the completionist in me is too scared to truly dive in in his/their monstrously sized discography. Calling Celer “prolific” (a term that can be thrown around loosely) has quite the weight when paired with Celer – just see what I mean when you take a look on Discogs. Will Long is based in Yokohama but this album was inspired by the American southwest with the album cover fitting that theme aptly. Unfortunately only two tracks are available for preview at the moment, but they should give you a great idea of what you’re in for on the other two tracks. Just like the southwestern plains, Celer’s compositions are vast and spacious. Listen to the two tracks available for preview below via the Bandcamp player and see what you think of them. Cheers!

The Details

Artist statement

A few years ago I took a road trip with my 80-year old uncle through parts of the American southwest. We drove to Moab, where the sunset turned the canyon walls orange in the early evening, and after midnight, passing puffy clouds still showed through the the navy blue sky. In the morning, the buttes seemed brilliant bleached in sunlight, and the view from above the canyon was completely silent save for the wind, and birds occasionally flying past. In the Needles district, the centuries-old petroglyphs were mixed with graffiti; spraypaint cans lying half-submerged rusted in the sand below. We drove through the back roads of the La Sal Mountains, and down across the windswept grey Colorado plateau.

Past the expanses of Monument Valley, on the outskirts of Kayenta, rainstorms loomed in the distance as teenage hitchhikers dotted the roadsides, along which were makeshift souvenir shops, alone like fireworks stands after a passed holiday. Climbing out of the desert, we passed through Aspen, through the ski resorts and celebrity mansions, where the average annual household income is $69,000, compared to $21,000 in Kayenta. The next day, our drive ended near Ouray, the fog rolling over the evergreen-lined roads.

Several years later, after leaving California, I put together a collection of tracks made with an electric piano and a wooden flute. Two tracks were copied onto two sun-baked cassette tapes I had found on the dashboard of a car, and the other two from a warped 12" test pressing. Revisiting these pieces after living in Japan for several years, they instantly reminded me of the trip, and what I left behind in the United States. The tapes fluttered and stuck, drenched in hiss and grime. The record skipped, wavered, and dropped in and out. Yet with these imperfections, it completely reflected my memory of the places, and what they represented. There are sides to everything, whether it causes you to change or not.

- Will Long, 2015





- Will Long, 2015

Press statement

Inspired by the American Southwest, "How could you believe me when I told you that I loved you when you know I've been a liar all my life" is the new album by American musician Celer, aka Will Long, now living in Japan. Sourced from an electric piano and wooden flute, tape loops were copied to sun-baked cassette tapes, and a warped vinyl tester, using the most basic format-inherent effects. Based on an idea of primitive Americana, it can be seen as a mediation on the different sides of music and cultural perception, or a reflection of inherent imperfections.


アメリカ南西部にインスパイヤされた "How could you believe me when I told you that I loved you when you know I've been a liar all my
life"は、アメリカ人の音楽家で現在は日本在住のCelerことWill Longのニュー・アルバムである。電子ピアノと木笛を音源にしたテープ・ループを、陽に焼けて劣化したカセットテープと歪んだテスト用レコードにコピーし、フォーマット特有のエフェクトという最も基礎的な方法を用いて制作された。プリミティブ・アメリカーナの一例として、音楽の様々な側面と文化的認知を熟慮した作品であり、また特有の不完全さを熟考した作品といえる。
released 07 June 2015

Music and photography by Will Long
Layout by Rutger Zuydervelt
Translation by Rie Mitsutake

Price $16.28

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