Celestino is the project of Portland based musician Gabriel Celestino Higgins. This latest offering, Beyond Enemy, expands the sound world he created so vividly on his previous edition for A Guide To Saints, Kindling.
Darker than its predecessor, Beyond Enemy draws out the textural harmony of his previous records into decidedly heavier territories. A vague industrial overtone reigns throughout much of this edition, a smoggy beauty akin to light caught in tainted cloud. The edges of the tones are also subtly serrated, splicing at each other with a restless drive.
Occasionally composers can generate an environment that is utterly personal yet still invitational to the listener - Celestino is one such artist capable of doing this.
This album is one of Celer’s greatest releases. So much emotion in it. I wouldn’t sell my silver LP copy of this for anything.
In 30 years I’ll still play this because perfection never gets old.
A masterpiece...... anthony driver
There is a moment, four minutes into K1, where the dense haze breaks and you're granted a delicate, beautiful respite. It lasts half a minute, and then you never hear this again. Moments like these, and the weight they hold, makes this simultaneously the most gorgeous and harrowing album I have ever heard. contrapaasso