Ian William Craig
In many ways, Ian’s work defies description. While he works primarily with sound as a composer and classically trained vocalist, he’s also an award-winning printmaker, writer, and photographer. His music, too, eludes strict classification. He is known for using broken tape machines, and his songs are a swirling, alchemic blend of majestic, manipulated vocals; well-constructed keyboard melodies; and a wash of gentle drone.
Recently, Ian has become fascinated with the notion of what the process of memory might physically sound like. By placing his own body at the center of this exploration, he has begun to create sonic spaces that present physical deterioration as the source of the sublime.
Signing to FatCat’s imprint 130701 in February 2016, Ian’s debut album for the label, Centres, was released in July 2016 to widespread critical acclaim and supported by his debut U.K./European tour. The album made numerous end-of-year lists, and in May 2017 Ian followed up with another EU tour and the release of the Slow Vessels EP, featuring acoustic versions of six tracks from Centres.