Canadian vocalist and sound experimentalist Ian William Craig is back with what sounds like another promising record, Cradle for the Wanting. Ian William Craig’s A Turn of Breath was turning heads last year and Cradle for the Wanting is likely to do the same. Another merit of prestige to tack on to this is that this is getting released through Sean McCann’s Recital Program – a label whose releases I’m always eager to write up when I get the chance. “Habit Worn & Wandering,” the album’s first single, reminds you of the quieted gusto Craig possesses vocally (if I remember correctly, he’s an opera singer). If I’m reading the synopsis correctly, he’s also only used his voice for this release. With the amount of distortion and loops, it’s easy to forget that when sounds are first introduced it’s just the man’s voice. As time wears on, or until the loop begins again, they sound like residual feedback from proper instruments. Listen to “Habit Worn & Wandering” below via the SoundCloud stream and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

Cradle for the Wanting is the anticipated second album by vocalist Ian William Craig. It was recorded in the winter of 2014/15 in Vancouver, Canada, after the release of his acclaimed A Turn of Breath LP; which Ben Ratliff of the New York Times named one of his top 10 albums of 2014. Since A Turn of Breath‘s release, Ian has performed rare but much talked-about shows in the United States and Canada.

Comprised of eight silken movements, Cradle for the Wanting is set aside from A Turn of Breath in that it was recorded in the span of a few months, as opposed to several years. This smaller count of production time tethers the pieces together, as multiple elements of a single entity.

Here, voice is the only source laid to tape. Ian excels in inventing lush arrangements through this simplicity in instrumentation. The works rise and collapse in series, as Ian’s distinct repeating tape system comes into play. From the shivering hiss of “Glassblower”; to the deep curling hymn of “Habit Worn…”, large and small wings are explored. Ian crafts an aural home in this album; one can glide through its halls for days without blinking back to the modern age. The palace is at ease.

Ian’s music is imbued with a certain lightness; one which Recital is humbled to distribute.

Edition of 600 LPs on black wax
Includes a 12″ x 24″ color insert
and a download coupon

Price $17.95

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