Ian William Craig - A Turn Of Breath

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kinda one of the best things i've heard in the 21st century. i just ordered a copy of his new album. haven't heard it yet.


scott seward, Monday, 23 November 2015 06:30 (six years ago) link

yup. gorgeous. haven't heard the new one yet either, but A Turn Of Breath dominated my last couple months of 2014

alpine static, Monday, 23 November 2015 06:36 (six years ago) link


scott seward, Monday, 23 November 2015 06:42 (six years ago) link

on spotify and itunes and all that i think. hard copies kinda limited.

scott seward, Monday, 23 November 2015 06:42 (six years ago) link


scott seward, Monday, 23 November 2015 06:43 (six years ago) link

This was Cosmic Slop's favorite album of 2014; I just sent him this URL

i live sweat but i dream light-years (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 23 November 2015 08:40 (six years ago) link

brilliant record. i particularly like "either or".

doing my Objectives, handling some intense stuff (LocalGarda), Monday, 23 November 2015 08:43 (six years ago) link

Norman Records have copies, Scott (Not sure how painful that would be postage-wise).


djh, Monday, 23 November 2015 18:41 (six years ago) link

I ordered the new album from someone here in the states. A Turn Of Breath is out of my price range online right now. Hopefully, the label will do another pressing. They have done 3 pressings of the album, but always in small numbers.

scott seward, Monday, 23 November 2015 20:43 (six years ago) link

just an awesome record

sean gramophone, Tuesday, 24 November 2015 18:33 (six years ago) link

love this!

mattresslessness, Tuesday, 24 November 2015 19:38 (six years ago) link

new one is kinda more of the same, though that's no bad thing

japanese mage (LocalGarda), Tuesday, 24 November 2015 19:52 (six years ago) link

^^ this. Maybe not quite as good, just because the originality of the first one was so striking.

as verbose and purple as a Peter Ustinov made of plums (James Morrison), Wednesday, 25 November 2015 02:29 (six years ago) link

Holy smokes, this guy is good.

Thanks for posting this!

mr.raffles, Wednesday, 25 November 2015 03:50 (six years ago) link

aye, the album last year was amazing but couldnt find it to buy

Cosmic Slop, Wednesday, 25 November 2015 05:17 (six years ago) link

maybe this doesn't need to be said, but if you'd buy vinyl, tell Recital. i left a message on their FB around this time last year expressing my hope for a repress and they did one not long after. granted that was right around the time he was showing up on year-end lists, but it can't hurt...

alpine static, Wednesday, 25 November 2015 05:26 (six years ago) link

Id gladly have bought it on vinyl or cd. I ended up getting the files from bandcamp. Ordered the new one though

Cosmic Slop, Wednesday, 25 November 2015 05:40 (six years ago) link

Quickest purchasing decision I've made in a long time. Loved the last one, love this.

mike t-diva, Wednesday, 25 November 2015 10:36 (six years ago) link

Quickest delivery I've had in a long time: almost exactly 24 hours from ordering to arrival. Good work, Norman Records.

mike t-diva, Thursday, 26 November 2015 11:10 (six years ago) link

^ They're great, aren't they?

Anyway, I'd buy this on CD but don't want to pay £8 for a download or £16 for LP/download code.

djh, Thursday, 26 November 2015 18:40 (six years ago) link

Sorry. That was my most boring post ever.

djh, Thursday, 26 November 2015 18:54 (six years ago) link

mine hasnt come from them

Cosmic Slop, Thursday, 26 November 2015 19:04 (six years ago) link

sounds great too.

scott seward, Saturday, 28 November 2015 18:25 (six years ago) link

three weeks pass...

This just came up on my "Spotify discover" playlist and it's probably the first time I've actually "discovered" anything via that playlist.

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Thursday, 24 December 2015 03:42 (six years ago) link

someone post here when Recital re-presses the new album. i follow them on FB or whatever but that shit goes quick

alpine static, Thursday, 24 December 2015 06:01 (six years ago) link

Where are you? Norman Records (UK) still have it.

djh, Thursday, 24 December 2015 17:23 (six years ago) link

Haha, I literally ordered it from there 20 minutes ago (before seeing this). Thanks djh!

alpine static, Thursday, 24 December 2015 19:45 (six years ago) link

doh! just saw he has 3 other albums on bandcamp that i could have been listening to for years! all 5 on there are name your price

as verbose and purple as a Peter Ustinov made of plums (James Morrison), Sunday, 27 December 2015 08:03 (six years ago) link

and when I say 3, i actually mean 5, because I can't count

as verbose and purple as a Peter Ustinov made of plums (James Morrison), Sunday, 27 December 2015 08:12 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

new tape-only release. but you can listen to it online.


scott seward, Wednesday, 10 February 2016 17:17 (six years ago) link

edition of 100. for some reason. why not just press 500 CDs at home? so that everyone gets one...damn hipsters.

scott seward, Wednesday, 10 February 2016 17:17 (six years ago) link

sorry. that's neither here nor there. still kinda mad that i can't buy a physical copy of the first album. and now if i sleep in on the 20th of feb. i'll probably miss out on the stupid tape.

scott seward, Wednesday, 10 February 2016 17:19 (six years ago) link

ooh this is great so far, ty

sam jax sax jam (Jordan), Wednesday, 10 February 2016 17:42 (six years ago) link

Anybody manage to snag the tape?

Wimmels, Saturday, 20 February 2016 14:33 (six years ago) link

thanks for the reminder, i just bought one!


scott seward, Saturday, 20 February 2016 15:36 (six years ago) link

See, you could have slept in! :)

I got one, too. I just assumed they'd be gone when I woke up.

Wimmels, Saturday, 20 February 2016 15:40 (six years ago) link

Postage from the US to UK is ... silly.

djh, Sunday, 21 February 2016 20:39 (six years ago) link

Have no reliable tape player, so bought it from bandcamp. It really is a gorgeous, strange album.

like Uber, but for underpants (James Morrison), Tuesday, 1 March 2016 03:02 (six years ago) link

Did the same (based on price rather than lack of tape player) and it is, isn't it?

djh, Thursday, 3 March 2016 23:01 (six years ago) link

i got mine yesterday it rules and i got a "patient sounds" button for my drone leather

adam, Thursday, 3 March 2016 23:38 (six years ago) link

i put track 3 on a mix recently

sam jax sax jam (Jordan), Thursday, 3 March 2016 23:39 (six years ago) link

patient sounds is a great label

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Thursday, 3 March 2016 23:43 (six years ago) link


here's a mix that has some other ps stuff coming out in 2016

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Thursday, 3 March 2016 23:51 (six years ago) link

two months pass...

this is gonna be my summer jam! rockin' new tune from a new album:


scott seward, Wednesday, 4 May 2016 14:47 (six years ago) link

This is more of a "song" than I wanted it to be. I know that sounds ridiculous but...someone feel me?

Badmotorfinger Debate Club (MFB), Wednesday, 4 May 2016 18:04 (six years ago) link

i kinda like that about it.

scott seward, Wednesday, 4 May 2016 18:24 (six years ago) link

no, don't think i like his singing here.

sean gramophone, Wednesday, 4 May 2016 19:59 (six years ago) link

Ian William Craig is a trained operatic vocalist who combines his voice with analogue synthesizers, reel-to-reel machines, and faulty tape decks to create sublime cascades of unpredictable decay and beauty. His music engages with the operatic and orchestral, submerging them under a shifting palette of vocal improvisations, analogue tape hiss and billowing clouds of erasure. As well as a talented musician, Craig is an award-winning printmaker. Originally from Edmonton, he began playing live under his own name in 2010 in Vancouver, where he currently works at the University of British Columbia running the printmaking studio for the fine arts department. Though classically trained and grounded in the choral tradition, Craig’s early albums were concentrated predominantly around the piano, with his voice merely a marginal presence. In recent years, however, his practice has come to focus increasingly around his powerful voice, as can again be witnessed on Centres.

Ian's first release for FatCat’s pioneering 130701 imprint (Max Richter, Hauschka, Dustin O’Halloran, Jóhann Jóhannsson, etc) Centres is actually his ninth full-length album, the majority of which were self-released digitally or in limited cassette editions. His last two full lengths (‘A Turn of Breath’, 2014; and ‘Cradle for the Wanting’, 2015) were issued physically on the excellent California label, Recital Program and received glowing press and placements in numerous critics’ end of year lists (including Mojo / NY Times / Rolling Stone). The Guardian marveled how “to be both wildly experimental and fantastically listenable is a skill that precious few people possess, but Craig has it … truly brilliant,” whilst Mojo remarked on "a blissfully disquieting choral suite, moving from the corroded cries of counter-tenor ghosts to a kind of abstract Buckleyesque hearbreak, as if some lovelorn romantic troubadour had been summoned forth from the recording of séances on old shellac 78s."

About Centres:

Fundamentally distressed yet texturally lush, Centres is an immensely deep, rich and rewarding listen. It was recorded in an assortment of studio and other locations across his Vancouver hometown: in concert halls and classrooms; train-yards and live rooms, as well as Craig’s own home. It was created using a mixture of sources - synthesizer, Hammond organ, guitar, accordion, wire recorder, loop station, Craig’s array of re-purposed tape decks and “cassette choir”. The songs were created manipulating tape loops through two or three decks at once to create strange deteriorating delays with different colors. Craig would then circuit-bend the bias to create odd kinds of distortion, or bend the sound back into itself so it feeds back in unpredictable ways.

Continually honing and pushing this process, the album shows a quite brilliant attention to textural detail. Morphing, swirling, scouring, shimmering, it continually expands and contracts around you. Forging a harmonically gorgeous and utterly immersive listening experience, it pulls you from the rousing, slow-build of the opening ‘Contain (Astoria Version)’ through the standout ‘A Single Hope’, with its huge bass and Hammond organ swells, and through shifting cloud-zones of ‘Drifting to Void on All Sides’ or ‘Power Colour Spirit Animal’, the Nico-esque accordion opening of ‘The Nearness’, and back to the cyclical ending of ‘Contain (Cedar Version)’, one of the cleanest and sparest tracks here - pared back to the purity of a single voice and guitar.

Centres is an astounding album that stands with a similarly unique sense of vision and integrity as the likes of William Basinski or Colin Stetson.

Ian William Craig will also be heading out on his first ever UK / EU tour this August. Details to follow shortly.

LISTEN: Ian William Craig - "A Single Hope" -

PHYSICAL PRE-ORDER: Ian William Craig - Centres

DIGITAL PRE-ORDER: Ian William Craig - Centres

djh, Wednesday, 4 May 2016 20:26 (six years ago) link

definitely moving in more of a song-based, Eluvium-ish direction. which is fine by me.

alpine static, Wednesday, 4 May 2016 22:50 (six years ago) link

four weeks pass...

my pal marc is a superfan:


scott seward, Wednesday, 1 June 2016 16:10 (five years ago) link

He has a new LP of archival material coming soon on Aguirre Records:


Forced Exposure usually stocks their stuff but it's not showing up there yet:


Badmotorfinger Debate Club (MFB), Thursday, 9 June 2016 17:22 (five years ago) link

Turn of Breath was phenomenal; I had already preordered Centres but will gladly pick up a copy of Aguirre's reissue once I don't have to ship it from Europe.

grinding like a jolly elf (jamescobo), Thursday, 9 June 2016 21:50 (five years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Niiiice. odd having words I can make out, though.

Yes, the quavery campfire vocal ballads make it bearable, the quavery instrumental campfire strata, not so much. Either way, it's not like I need musical sources of emotional stasis, or basic sorrow-misery-tedium, esp. in the Summer of '16.

dow, Wednesday, 6 July 2016 15:14 (five years ago) link

The new Mogwai was a much better companion the day after Orlando, and still is.

dow, Wednesday, 6 July 2016 15:16 (five years ago) link

love the new mogwai, but I really do like this too. A Turn of Breath probably still my favourite, though.

still wish I could get that and Cradle on CD, because I live in the past

The people I just bought Centres from, plus a Wolves in the Throne Room CD and the most recent Tim Hecker album, have suggested that, based on these purchases, I might like Delta Goodrem and 'I Love the 80s'.

two weeks pass...

Have been enjoying this.

djh, Monday, 25 July 2016 22:32 (five years ago) link

bcz it's brilliant

is the new Mogwai as good as Rave Tapes? turns out that's my favorite Mogwai record

alpine static, Monday, 25 July 2016 23:10 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

Centres is really good

ciderpress, Tuesday, 20 September 2016 13:10 (five years ago) link

two months pass...

I like Centres a bunch (although A Turn Of Breath is considerably better IMO). Contain (Astoria Version) and A Single Hope make for one hell of a one-two opening combo!

thos beads (jamescobo), Monday, 12 December 2016 03:12 (five years ago) link

two months pass...


djh, Wednesday, 22 February 2017 22:09 (five years ago) link

With all due respect, Craig's evolution from tape and sound artist into Bon Iver/early Grizzly Bear stuff is really unfortunate. The former was very special, the latter is commonplace.

sean gramophone, Wednesday, 22 February 2017 22:34 (five years ago) link


sctttnnnt (pgwp), Wednesday, 22 February 2017 23:21 (five years ago) link

Yeah, it's a tough and fast decline.

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 22 February 2017 23:38 (five years ago) link

five months pass...

There's a live album:


djh, Saturday, 29 July 2017 21:11 (four years ago) link

three months pass...

It's up for NYP on Bandcamp now fyi

albvivertine, Tuesday, 31 October 2017 21:52 (four years ago) link

eleven months pass...

New collection:


djh, Monday, 1 October 2018 19:15 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

DJ Mag mix:


djh, Tuesday, 18 December 2018 15:35 (three years ago) link

Have people gone cold on IWC?

I could have weeped playing "Contain" earlier. So beautiful. (Disclaimer: have got home from work, drank wine and decided that IWC should be the Xmas soundtrack).

He's Christmas-y, right?

djh, Monday, 24 December 2018 18:00 (three years ago) link

people go cold on everything these days

Haven't heard the recent collection but thanks for the reminder

Paul Ponzi, Monday, 24 December 2018 19:33 (three years ago) link

I think Threshholder is better than the last one.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Wednesday, 26 December 2018 17:40 (three years ago) link

I've got a lot of time for "Slow Vessels" and play it a lot, often in the middle of the night when I have insomnia. If it had been the only thing he'd done, I'd have been less interested ... but I don't mind that there is light and shade in his catalogue.

djh, Wednesday, 26 December 2018 21:05 (three years ago) link

Have there been any decent interviews about his art rather than his music?

djh, Thursday, 27 December 2018 19:44 (three years ago) link

seven months pass...

Minor Pieces:


djh, Tuesday, 6 August 2019 20:11 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Just played a "live session" that felt a bit too sing-songy.

djh, Wednesday, 28 August 2019 19:47 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

Having been listening to "Centres" at silly o'clock in the morning, when I've not been able to sleep. I'd forgotten that I've said similar before ("I've got a lot of time for "Slow Vessels" and play it a lot, often in the middle of the night when I have insomnia.")

I definitely own things since "Slow Vessels" but sort of lost track/not played them.

djh, Wednesday, 11 May 2022 21:57 (one week ago) link

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