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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.
"The decaying, slippery throng of voices just under our primary internal psychoauditory narrative. The sounds heard coming in from out on the street, the way they then loop, stretch, and dance within the mind. They play out, tear up into shreds, and dissipate. After a silence of some time, we say “oh” aloud. “Oh!” Sing a line of nonsense. You can sing anything! The noise is sucked out and away, but may be analyzed within, spun into hay and burned. The lungs explain. A dog barks and disappears. The blue light of a UFO slips into soundwaves and becomes a hum. The hum becomes a fractured voice, finds a body with two lungs, vocal cords, a head. The body of a person in a forgetting place, a forgetting voice as it ages now." Tinymixtapes