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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. 


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A Turn Of Breath by Ian William Craig
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9/10 Brian Staff review, 21 August 2014

Can only see one other thing we've got in stock on this great little label and that was something by Sean McCann that blew our Ant right away. Recital only release a handful of things a year from what I can see and this here baby is their latest squeeze. It's not hard to hear why.

After enjoying music over the years by the likes of Tim Hecker, Ben Frost and, more recently, master saxophone smearer Colin Stetson, I'm always looking for the next person to come along and smudge their celestial sonic vision right across my cochlea. Ethereal dreamscapes are nothing new, with the Ladies quarter being especially infused with some mercurial talent over the last decade from Holter, Harris, Barwick et al. But the men who construct such beautiful noise often leave their voices out of it and concentrate on forging increasingly fuzzed-out bludgeoning sound-drifts to ricochet around your mind.

I dunno who the enigmatic Ian William Craig is but he's certainly got what it takes to hang with the girls. His work is of a more tender nature relying on ghostly atmosphere and organic plumes of brittle noise / cracked aural smog to carry his own stunning choral manipulations. His surface noise-imbued pieces are heavily soaked in multi-pitched glossolalia to construct a very spectral sound that is indeed, often most in spirit with Colin Stetson or early Belong. There's flecks of MBV/FSA-style distortion in parts but it's delivered as clouds of sonic euphoria amongst which the vocals ascend and swoop in a very arresting manner.

There's a brief track called 'Rooms' that dispenses with all those extra clothes to be a gorgeously stark high-voiced folk song swathed in warm melancholy, palpable hiss and woozy channel wavering. I'm reminded a little of Natural Snow Building's Medhi here. The following piece recalls both the otherworldly majesty of Arthur Russell and an old CD beloved of Phil and I, Laura Gibson & Ethan Rose's stunning 'Bridge Carols'.

So, a mere side in and I'm over my word count I suspect so I won't bore you much further. I do heartily recommend getting stuck into this guy's album here though. There's a rather unruly, out-in-the-wilderness aspect to it all that I cannot cease to get out of my head. Basically it sounds very organic and almost without boundaries so should, overall, fascinate most lovers of the artists I've mentioned. There's literally tons going on and I don't want any of it to stop.


9/10 Christian Customer review, 14th May 2015

I fell asleep to this album on a train and dreamt that I was a broken cassette player, whirring, catching and repeating. I woke up to find my companions on the journey opening their mouths and seemingly exhaling static and choral bliss. Perhaps it was Ian William Craig strengthening my conviction, perhaps I was still napping.

As a now healthy and fully-realised human being I still romanticise about the idea of existing within malfunctioning phonic machines.

This is only good.

A Turn Of Breath has brought me to tears through several emotions.


9/10 Christian Customer review, 13th May 2015

I fell asleep to this album on a train and dreamt that I was a broken cassette player, whirring, catching and repeating. I woke up to find my companions on the journey opening their mouths and seemingly exhaling static and choral bliss. Perhaps it was Ian William Craig strengthening my conviction, perhaps I was still napping.

As a now healthy and fully-realised human being I still romanticise about the idea of existing within malfunctioning phonic machines.

This is only good. I hope that everyone can experience this through A Turn Of Breath as I have.


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