Ian William Craig
A Turn of Breath - Extended
Includes Instant Download
R008 Extended LP
Edition of 1000 copies, gatefold sleeve
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11Before Meaning Comes 3:13
2On The Reach Of Explanations 6:03
3Red Gate With Starling 3:15
4Rooms 2:06
5A Slight Grip, A Gentle Hold (Pt. 1)4:20
6Second Lens 3:25
7The Edges 5:10
8New Brighton Park, July 2013 1:31
9TEAC Poem 2:44
10Either Or 5:26
11A Slight Grip, A Gentle Hold (Pt. 2)4:50
12A Forgetting Place 2:04
21Reason Simmers Over 5:52
2Red Gate Drifting 7:31
3Erat Hora 2:51
4A Slight Grip, A Gentle Hold (Pt 3)3:27
5Either Or (Darkroom Version)2:26
66 Years, 33 Million (For Bo) 2:04
7Heaviness Sketch In Winter 2:43
8Genesis Device 10:10
9Interstice 1:59
10Bon Voyage, Wesbrook 210 4:04

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 Here it is in it's final form, with an additional LP of unpublished material: Short of Breath EP (originally a CDr included with the first 125 orders from Recital in 2014), and all unreleased material to fill the final Fresh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