AOTY 2017
Ian William Craig - Centres
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2016 Ratings: #17 / 721
User Score
Based on 65 ratings
2016 Ratings: #92
July 8, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Fat Cat / Label
Ambient / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

95
The 405
This dialectical wobble between materialization and disintegration, comprehensibility and ineffability, the "angelic" beauty of Craig's voice and the shrieking death rattles of his physical loops billows through the record.
90
AllMusic

Taking Craig's already distinctive, powerful sound to extremes, Centres is another truly remarkable work.

90
Tiny Mix Tapes

“Craig’s best” is a thought that pops up throughout this record: without having gotten his work down to anything as dead as a science, Craig has become so good at his craft that one might be tempted to call Centres a magnum opus — it’s certainly grand enough.

82
Pitchfork

In a way, the banality of its presentation deepens the impact of his new album Centres, which might be one of the most beautiful, most strange, and most unique things you hear all year.

80
No Ripcord

There’s a lot to take in within Centres’ fascinating contours, as it constantly morphs into different classical concepts, mostly of a minimal nature, without ever dismissing the album’s sunless vacuum.

70
Clash
He has vision and ambition beyond the scope of most of us and he is able to bring it to fruition. Long may he find new fans for his challenging but deeply satisfying work.
Jan 24, 2017
JFulfy
88
This is a hard album to get through but really worth the listen ! Reminds me of the old How to Dress Well mixed with Nicolas Jaar and Bon Iver (not much though).
Sep 19, 2016
xdgcx
70
Truly charming as well as wandering, but still too rooted in influence and crudely finished.
Aug 6, 2016
BuffaloStaple
NR
I gave the whole thing a listen in one go and it was pretty cool, very well textured and surprisingly diverse, need to give it more time and stuff though but i'm feeling positive towards it atm.
Jul 21, 2016
66
The textures in this record were really great in general, but i felt that the first half of the album was nowhere near as good as the second half. A good chunk of these songs would have been better off being combined together to form a 25min song or something because that's how similar they sounded. The ideas are great, but the huge emphasis on texture over melody put me off a bit and made it a bit difficult to remember each one of those tracks that sounded very similar. Okay to decent album
Track List
  1. Contain
  2. A Single Hope
  3. Drifting to Void on All Sides
  4. The Nearness
  5. Set to Lapse
  6. Power Colour Spirit Animal
  7. Arrive, Arrive
  8. A Circle Without Having to Curve
  9. An Ocean Only You Could See
  10. Purpose (Is No Country)
  11. It Need Not Be Hopeless
  12. Innermost
  13. Contain
Contributions By
thisisabtlgrnd, patton, CoL


Added on: May 6, 2016