Tuesday, February 09, 2021

Ian William Craig & Daniel Lentz - In A Word [RVNG Intl. / Frkwys Promo]

Put out on the circuit on November 20th, 2k20 as a part of the FRKWYS series run by the acclaimed imprint RVNG Intl. is "In A Word", the new collaborational album effort created by composer Daniel Lentz in conjunction with vocalist / sound artist Ian William Craig. Fusing Lentz' approach to post-minimalistic production with Craig's love for wonky, oftentimes only half-functioning technology the outcome is a nine tracks and roughly 43 minutes spanning album which sees the two artists embarking on a well surprising journey into crystalline (Neo)Classical / Contemporary Classical piano etudes, mostly instrumental but partially garnished with bits of Craig's classically trained voice which at points even reaches Opera level heights and dramatic, sometimes mourning expression whilst employing a variety of tape manipulation / tape processing techniques on the final result, leading to a warm organic graininess, a sense of decay, partially muffled or warped single track sequences within a certain composition and a beautiful sense of melancholia and reflectiveness for late night listening sessions. Not necessarily what we'd expected from a RVNG Intl. release but a good and well intimate one anyway, especially if one's a fan of contemporary tape-savvy composers like the Berlin-based Hainbach.


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