Ian William Craig – Centres
Have you got an hour or so? Yes, yes, being time poor is the modern disease. Can’t walk down the street without talking on the phone, texting, face time, checking facebook, twitter or emails. I feel so antediluvian simply walking. And nothing else. But it does mean I bump into all those people on their phones doing that slightly wide legged, half-crouched, exaggerated steps, semi-speed walk. Anyhow. As I said, have you got an hour? Srsly! this is worth more than that. This isn’t a set of tracks, this is coherence from Ian William Craig. This is the place where classical meets opera meets electronica meets drone meets IDM on the way back round.
Blurb: ‘Centres’ is the stunning new album from Vancouver-based vocalist / composer Ian William Craig, and his first release for FatCat’s pioneering 130701 imprint (Max Richter, Hauschka, Dustin O’Halloran, Jóhann Jóhannsson, etc). Arriving on CD, digital and gatefold double vinyl editions, ‘Centres’ is actually Ian’s 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 Californian label, Recital Program and received glowing press and placements in numerous critics’ end of year lists (including Mojo / NY Times / Rolling Stone). The Guardian marvelled 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 heartbreak, as if some lovelorn romantic troubadour had been summoned forth from the recording of séances on old shellac 78s.”