Ian William Craig

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Ian William Craig is a classically trained vocalist and composer from Canada who creates haunting and spectral music, combining his voice with analogue synthesizers, reel-to-reel machines, and faulty tape decks to create sublime cascades of unpredictable decay and beauty. His music engages with the operatic and orchestral, submerging them under a shifting palette of vocal improvisations, analogue tape hiss and billowing clouds of erasure.

Craig’s first recordings were self released digitally between 2011 and 2013 and were largely instrumental, using an experimental and improvisational approach with piano, FM feedback loops and self-built and manipulated instruments. On his next two albums, both physical releases on the Recital label, Craig allowed his voice to come to the fore of his songwriting and performing. These albums, ‘A Turn Of Breath’ (2014) and ‘Cradle For The Wanting’ (2015), were met with unanimous critical praise and were included on many end of year lists. 2016 saw Craig signed to the Fat Cat post-classical imprint 130701 with the release of his album ‘Centres’.

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