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Ian William Craig

slow vessels

130701 (FatCat Records)


Released: 5th May 2017


make, destroy, reconstruct - it’s taken several beautiful albums of tape and voice manipulation for ian william craig to get here, and the results are gorgeous stripped-down variations on his abstracted mini-masterpieces. The enormity of his 2016 album centres is still sinking in, and there is the sense that Craig is giving us a peak behind the curtain with these minimalistic takes. As expected, the raw materials of his otherwise overwhelming soundworlds - namely his positively celestial operatic voice - stands alone as wondrous listening matter in its own right. Slow vessels feels like an abstract expressionist artist showing you that they can paint breathtakingly accurate and detailed landscapes, if only they would choose to. We’re grateful to Craig for providing the opportunity to share his less-adorned musical gifts with us. “...buzzing organ is replaced with acoustic guitar, and Craig’s heavenly falsetto is clearer and more direct, his melodies recurring and growing in impact….more expansive, rebuilding the grandiosity and decay of centres with the simplest tools.” - pitchfork

slow vessels


  1. Arrive, Arrive
  2. The Nearness
  3. A Single Hope
  4. Purpose (Is No Country)
  5. Contain
  6. Set To Lapse