Boomkat Product Review:
Celia Hollander's latest statement illustrates how the time of day shapes our listening experience. Using shimmering FM synth sounds and carefully recorded acoustic elements, "Timekeeper" sounds like a development of ideas explored by Japanese ambient pioneers Hiroshi Yoshimura or Midori Takada.
Beginning with a brief electronic yawn and peeking into the breaking dawn, "Timekeeper" starts slowly but purposefully. Each track is timestamped, so Los Angeles-based multimedia artist Hollander can whisk us through a day in her life, documenting the feeling of time shifting with sound. The construction here is hyperspecific: a palette that's recognizable from the glut of 1980s Japanese ambient or environmental music that surged in popularity a few years back. But Hollander has no intention of pastiching this music, she simply uses it as a reference point to launch into her own dimensions.
Oddly, the album isn't structured chronologically, so we jump from the relatively upbeat '12:55 PM' to the day's wind down into evening with '5:59 PM', or from the trippy awakening glow of '9:02 AM' to '3:34 AM' with its gentle FM croak, mimicking insects in the distance. The sequencing adds to an eerie feeling of disorientation that should be familiar to anyone who's spent time in Los Angeles's busy 24-hr fizz.