Ian William Craig announces headline tour and streams track from forthcoming album-length EP ‘Slow Vessels’
Following the widespread critical acclaim for his recent ‘Centres’ album, Vancouver-based vocalist / composer Ian William Craig returns with ‘Slow Vessels’, an album-length EP released 5th May on vinyl and digital via 130701.
‘Slow Vessels’ both extends and radically reprises ‘Centres’, rendering six of its tracks in a stunning new light. If not quite an ‘unplugged’ versioning, it is nevertheless stripped back, raw and predominantly acoustic, the songs returned to their point of origin.
You can stream ‘Arrive, Arrive’ (taken from ‘Slow Vessels’)
This May sees Ian return to the UK and mainland Europe, having completed his first ever, highly successful and praised tour last year.
01/05 – Donau Festival, Krems, Donau, Austria tickets
04/05 – Le Bourg, Lausanne, Switzerland tickets
08/05 – Oslo, London, UK (w/ Resina) tickets
10/05 – Bello Bar, Dublin, Ireland
11/05 – The Cube, Bristol, UK tickets
12/05 – Rose Hill Arts Centre, Brighton, UK tickets
More dates TBA
‘Slow Vessels’ sees Ian paring back the dense, billowing layers and heavily distressed textures of the album and re-playing these tracks on a borrowed acoustic guitar and piano. Whilst four of the tracks also feature some more minimal tape manipulation, it’s a move that foregrounds the strength of the songs, imbuing them with a heightened sense of nearness and intimacy and briefly reframing their author in the more traditional mantle of singer-songwriter. Deeply affecting and almost devotional in character, this utterly gorgeous re-setting of the songs sees them bathed in a warm, golden glow and throws a brilliant new slant on Ian’s prodigious creativity.
The entire record was recorded in a rented holiday flat in Gothenburg, which just happened to have a guitar and piano, during a short stopover on Ian’s debut European tour in August of 2016. The tracks were each captured in a single take with a small amount of noise/manipulation provided by the modified cassette decks he’d brought with him for performing. Once recorded, each track was then mixed on a laptop between shows throughout Northern Europe – whilst travelling onboard a ferry, a train, an aeroplane, or waiting at airports, hotel rooms and a Latvian taxidermy museum. As Ian says, “I’m glad I did it while I was on tour because there’s a certain travelley heaviness to it, as well as a very short amount of time to do it in by design so I couldn’t think about the thing too much.” Finally, it was polished up a little once home in Vancouver with a Fostex E-16, a Reverbulator spring reverb and a SupaPuss Delay.
1. Arrive, Arrive
2. The Nearness
3. A Single Hope
4. Purpose (Is No Country)
6. Set To Lapse
Praise for ‘Centres’
“One of the most beautiful, most strange, and most unique things you’ll hear all year. The more time you spend in it, the further you will to get lost in its wondrous confines. 8.2/10” Pitchfork
“A trained opera singer manipulating analogue recordings of his own voice to conjure up bewitching traceries of phantom arias, born from warped tape and sonic decay. The result is fittingly breathtaking. 5/5″ Mojo
“One of the most overwhelming albums to be released this year” The 405