Ian William Craig

A Turn of Breath - Extended

Recital R08 Extended LP
  • 2LP: Edition of 1000 copies, gatefold sleeve, black vinyl
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Extended edition of Ian William Craig's landmark debut album A Turn of Breath. Here it is in it's final form, with an additional LP of unpublished material: Short of Breath EP (originally a CDr included with the first 125 orders from Recital in 2014), and all unreleased material to fill the final Fresh Breath side of the collection - culled from the same recording period as A Turn of Breath.

The original info said in 2014:

Recital here presents the premiere LP by vocalist Ian William Craig (b. 1980, Edmonton). Ian, a trained opera singer, delivers an elegant balance between theatrical and ambient sentiments. A Turn of Breath combines the essence of a choral LP from Angel Records or Deutsche Grammophon with the spontaneity of experimental home-recording.

This collection holds twelve works for voice and 1/4? tape, recorded from 2011-2013. Voice appears as the Sun’s light through a vast storm; still obscured by tape malfunctions and manipulations. A system of reel to reels is employed, which yields a lovely sort of morphing repetition. Each iteration crumbles as more harmony is placed on top, residual tones spilling off the sides into nothingness.

Craig’s innate ability to sing beautiful, sorrowful melodies carries each track. The pieces on A Turn of Breath vary from grand choral meditations to quiet interludes, and even a few impressionistic ‘songs’ accompanied by faint acoustic guitar. An overarching warmth resonates through each side, making this a very pleasant listen. A suitable compliment to a pot of coffee in the morning or a glass of armagnac in the evening. - Sean McCann / Recital 2014

“As if some lovelorn romantic troubadour had been summoned forth from the recording of séances on old shellac 78s” - MOJO
“A powerfully blurry canvas of hymn, chant and drone, through multi-tracking, echo, looping, abrasions and erasures.” - NEW YORK TIMES
“This is a truly brilliant piece album - inhale it now.” - THE GUARDIAN

Ian William Craig: A Turn of Breath - Extended

Before Meaning Comes Ian William Craig 3' 13''
On The Reach Of Explanations Ian William Craig 6' 03''
Red Gate With Starling Ian William Craig 3' 15''
Rooms Ian William Craig 2' 06''
A Slight Grip, A Gentle Hold (Pt. 1) Ian William Craig 4' 20''
Second Lens Ian William Craig 3' 25''
The Edges Ian William Craig 5' 10''
New Brighton Park, July 2013 Ian William Craig 1' 31''
TEAC Poem Ian William Craig 2' 44''
Either Or Ian William Craig 5' 26''
A Slight Grip, A Gentle Hold (Pt. 2) Ian William Craig 4' 50''
A Forgetting Place Ian William Craig 2' 04''
Reason Simmers Over Ian William Craig 5' 52''
Red Gate Drifting Ian William Craig 7' 31''
Erat Hora Ian William Craig 2' 51''
A Slight Grip, A Gentle Hold (Pt 3) Ian William Craig 3' 27''
Either Or (Darkroom Version) Ian William Craig 2' 26''
6 Years, 33 Million (For Bo) Ian William Craig 2' 04''
Heaviness Sketch In Winter Ian William Craig 2' 43''
Genesis Device Ian William Craig 10' 10''
Interstice Ian William Craig 1' 59''
Bon Voyage, Wesbrook 210 Ian William Craig 4' 04''

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