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The classically-trained Canadian composer revisits his rather special ‘Centres’ album for this suite of radical reprises on Fat Cat offshoot 130701.
Recorded over the course of a week in Gothenburg, whilst William Craig was taking a break from his 2016 European tour, ‘Slow Vessels’ is a six-track addendum to the Vancouver artist’s last LP, ‘Centres’. Expertly shaving away the degraded textures and silty clusters of bust sound that made his ninth album, ‘Centres,’ so very unique, William Craig comes up with a collection that is no less memorable. A sort of post MTV-Unplugged affair that fully exposes the inner vulnerability of William Craig’s compositional approach.
The fuzzy hue of that album hasn’t disappeared however, it remains and operates as a comforting backdrop to IWC’s ever-captivating voice, recast here with a feeling of tiredness that comes in the middle of a tour. Added to this is a guitar and piano which were lying around his Airbnb, played with unerring expertise by William Craig. Recorded in one take, ‘Slow Vessels’ is a fine addition to a peerless discography