Ian William Craig - Thresholder
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2018 Ratings: #43 / 673
User Score
Based on 27 ratings
2018 Ratings: #81
November 2, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
FatCat / Label
Ambient / Genres
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By treating what is essentially a series of sacred music recordings with various techniques designed to degrade those sounds, Craig has delivered an album of church music for an amoral world; spirituals for a broken planet. Awe-inspiring and unforgettable.

Spectrum Culture

Easily one of the densest—though also one of the finest—works of his career.

The Line of Best Fit

Thresholder is a triumph of meticulously detailed composition and, at the same time, a masterpiece that seems to evolve, albeit in an unnaturally sepulchral soundworld of fragmentation, from the simplest of sources into a life-affirming wholeness.


This compendium of odds and ends from the Canadian singer and sound artist may be his most incisive and convincing album yet, thanks to the way his voice finally becomes one with his machines.


While it could be viewed as a clearinghouse of outtakes as Craig works diligently on his next major album, the tracks are sequenced so that they form a coherent whole.

Ian William Craig constructs an operatic sound building his voice inside the mechanical vibrations. This is contemporary art. The soundtrack of a man-made outer space.
not too long ago, i probably would have been incredibly bored by this, but as i've grown to enjoy various ambient albums more and more, this one was obviously no exception. with its relatively short length, i never felt like any track was particularly dull, as they all flow together seamlessly and create a beautiful experience. it's not outstanding or anything, but i like it.
Emotional, captivating, textured ambient that I cannot stop listening to. Every song adds to the experience, every moment feels essential. This is for me a personal favorite ambient album of the decade and definitely my favorite ambient album of the year.
this record is haunted. 37 minutes of the ending of panic by animal collective.
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Track List

  1. Elided
  2. Some Absolute Means
  3. TC-377 Poem
  4. Mass Noun
  5. Idea for Contradiction 1
  6. And Therefore the Moonlight
  7. The Last Wesbrook Lament
  8. Discovered in Flat
  9. Sfumato
  10. Idea for Contradiction 2
  11. More Words for Mistake
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Added on: October 24, 2018