Boomkat Product Review:
Ian William Craig’s insanely beautiful début album of oxidised, elegiac ambient and choral music is now reissued with an extra LP of previously unheard material. If yr into The Caretaker, Arca, Philip Jeck, Basinski or Akira Rabelais' 'Spellewauerynsherde', we wager you’ll love this...
The original 12 tracks are now supplemented by 10 previously unreleased works stemming from the same recording sessions. Revisiting the record, it patently still warrants comparison with everyone from Philip Jeck to Kara-Lis Coverdale and Leyland Kirby, rendering one of those listening experiences that get under the nails and in your eyes with an effect that, once felt, is hard to shake.
That feeling spills over into those 10 previously unheard works. They include a tremulous dose of spectral ambient folk-soul in Erat Hora, and a 3rd part of his organ-based song cycle A Slight Grip, A Gentle Hold, while the crackly textures and disembodied voices of Either Or (Darkroom Version) and the ten minute beauty Genesis Device could have almost come from Bellows or The Caretaker’s recent LPs, and Bon Voyage, Westbrook 210 blesses the suite with a beautifully elegiac sense of closure.