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Minor Pieces
The Heavy Steps Of Dreaming

There’s always a flurry of excitement at Norman Towers when we get wind of a new Ian William Craig record. His latest effort sees him team up with the hitherto-unknown Missy Donaldson to form Minor Pieces. The pair’s debut LP, The Heavy Steps Of Dreaming, sees them combining Craig’s incomparably beautiful hauntological drone-songs with crystal-clear close harmonies and gentle acoustic strums. It is, of course, absolutely brilliant. Think a more crystalline rendering of Bon Iver’s recent glitch opuses - actually, better still, just think about mid-period Björk.
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Ian William Craig
Meaning Turns To Whispers

Norman fave Ian William Craig is back again with a reissue of his earliest, piano-based album: not in a straightforward way though. While the improvised melodies he plays have that pristine neo-classical Frahm-esque beauty to them, Craig has tweaked, looped and manipulated the source piano via tape, creating some totally different textures. Mmmmmm. Meaning Turns To Whispers is limited to 500 LP copies, on Aguirre.

Ian William Craig
Thresholder

Ian William Craig is always very welcome round these parts, and Thresholder, the man’s first album in eighteen months, demonstrates why. Those tape machines of his are put to work in the construction of an eleven-track, forty-minute sound environment. Deep and gorgeous smeared ambience, on FatCat sub-label 130701.

Ian William Craig
A Turn of Breath - Extended

Q:What do you get if you cross an opera singer with a bedroom recording artist? A:Ian William Craig. A Turn Of Breath was the Canadian artist’s debut album and was noted for smashing two ostensibly wildly disparate genres together, opera and tape experiments. Craig’s voice adds both beautiful and mournful qualities to the recordings, whilst his reel-to-reel tape antics obscure them in a gorgeous haze. This extended version of the LP comes with an LP of additional material, including Short Of Breath EP. Limited to 1000 copies, housed in a gatefold sleeve on Recital Program.

Ian William Craig
Durbē

Ian William Craig is a long-time favourite of ours at Norman Records: who could resist his magical combination of gorgeous voice with sweetly-tweaked tape loops and drones? Durbe is a document of a live performance in a church, recorded last year, and it captures Ian developing his ideas in the flow of the moment. Limited edition of 200 CDs on the Recital label.

Ian William Craig
Slow Vessels

Ian William Craig somewhat returns to his tremendously loved 2016 album Centres with an EP that relocates some of those pieces onto voice, piano and acoustic guitar, with just a few licks of subtle tape manipulation lapping at the edges. Slow Vessels proves that Craig’s songwriting is just as powerful when it stands naked as when it is wreathed in fuzz magic. 12” on 130701.

Ian William Craig
Centres

Ever-prolific tape chemist Ian William Craig is readying yet another record of gorgeous crackle pop. Having broken our hearts with the fragmented opera loops of A Turn of Breath in 2014, he's since released the understated but equally beautiful Cradle For The Wanting for Recital, which consisted of nothing but his vocal run through reel to reels. From there he put out the noisy piano excursions of Zugzwang for Fostex with Patient Sounds and now he returns with Centres, his first record for FatCat's classical imprint 130701. He's one of our favourite artists and this record's early single suggests more accessible and narratively linear songwriting -- and even some percussion. Yes come on.

Ian William Craig
Zugzwang for Fostex

Does Ian William Craig ever stop? Hot on the heels of the last release (and not long before that gig of his we’re putting on in Bradford in August, nudge nudge), Craig sneaks out Zugzwang for Fostex. Voice, piano and the sounds of a dying circuit-bent cassette recorder, all looped and assembled into captivating Craigian structures. Zugzwang for Fostex is a little edition of 100 cassette tapes, out on Patient Sounds.

Ian William Craig
Gig

TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR   NORMAN RECORDS PRESENTS: IAN WILLIAM CRAIG and guests :: 08/08/16 :: FUSE Art Space, Bradford Join your sorta local record store Norman as we present an evening of drone and improvised noise at Bradford's Fuse art space! This is the first in a semi-frequent series of shows and we're really, really excited to present one of our absolute favourite musicians, along with locals we love! Ian William Craig: IAN WILLIAM CRAIGOne of Norman’s favourite artists, Ian William Craig is an operatically trained vocalist from Vancouver who uses tape loops the way a school-kid might a litmus test: reaching for success but infatuated with failure, his works break in and out of cycles, mutating to create immersive drone medleys as noisy as Belong’s but as humane as Grouper’s. He’s released two records with Sean McCan’s Recital label -- the fragmented but songwritten A Turn of Breath and Cradle For The Wanting, which consisted of nothing but vocals fed through reel to reels -- and he’s about to release another for FatCat’s classical imprint 130701. You shan’t want to miss this.http://www.ianwilliamcraig.com/ MARLO EGGPLANTBaltimore’s sound performance artist Marlo De Lara produces textural compositions under the Marlo Eggplant moniker. These develop from microscopic tone landscapes into dense and expansive states of noise and drone. Her works aim to blur the definitions of (un)intentional sound and music. The many noises and tones of De Lara’s live performances are sourced from autoharps, contact mics, vocals and loops, amongst other tools. Her pieces have minimalist origin stories that can be breached through a knowing and often slow-burning approach to improvisation. She curates the excellent Ladyz In Noyz series while playing a myriad of ever-changing shows through Yorkshire and beyond. A Marlo Eggplant set is sure to both establish sounds and let them establish themselves.https://soundcloud.com/marlo-eggplant/https://yorkshiresoundwomen.wordpress.com/ CORE OF THE COALMANCore of the Coalman's Jorge Boehringer has his own Wikipedia page - so you know he’s good. A sound man of both academic and recreational disciplines, he’s done all things drone upon his viola while also tinkering through harmonica and electronics. His noise is a treat and his large discography of cavernous sound makes for a good musical vitae.http://multiplesystemsofevents.wordpress.com/https://www.normanrecords.com/records/159610-ian-william-craig-gig-
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Ian William Craig
Cradle for the Wanting

Ian William Craig's previous release 'A Turn of Breath' was not only a favourite with us but with the New York Times. So there. The Wire have also featured this Canadian sound collagist of late so there is high anticipation of this new record. This time round Craig has recorded very quickly (months rather than years) and has used only his voice as instrument. From the sound of the early clips, this is going to be a very special record indeed. For fans of Grouper, Colin Stetson, Belong and Arthur Russell.   

Ian William Craig
A Turn Of Breath

Ian William Craig makes choral drone music on this stunning ambient record with the most fitting title of the year: 'A Turn Of Breath'. Craig performs warm vocal harmonies and stretches them to their breaking point, backing them with crackling drones that feel both part of nature and decidedly bedroom pop. 'A Turn Of Breath' is the perfect record for fans of experimental vocalists and ambient musicians like Julianna Barwick, Christina Carter and those beautiful segments of Colin Stetson records.