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  • Summary: The latest full-length release for the Canadian experimental artist was written and recorded while starting a new long distance relationship, living in a city hit by forest fires and the death of his grandfather.
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  • Record Label: FatCat Records
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Avant-Garde, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Experimental Ambient, Experimental Electronic, Neo-Classical, Tape Music
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  1. Mar 27, 2020
    Largely focused around his grandfather's piano with decaying tape treatments, Craig's layered vocals deliver a strong, unwavering response to the chaos in his life, while also exemplifying the vulnerabilities of being human. Red Sun Through Smoke is a perfect record for these times, as well.
  2. The Wire
    Mar 27, 2020
    Knowing the emotional background behind its recording makes it unbearably poignant but this crackly, lambently textured mix of treated piano, longwave static and vocals would move anyone who had a heart. Sublime art from horrible circumstances and Craig’s best work to date. [Apr 2020]
  3. Mar 27, 2020
    Even without some of the more advanced effects he's able to use in a proper studio setting, he's still able to do a lot with his limited setup, wringing unearthly sounds and textures from decaying tape loops.
  4. Apr 2, 2020
    It’s this balance between distortion and purity, between chaos and clarity, that makes Red Sun Through Smoke a compelling listen. There’s urgency behind these compositions, reflected in both the intensity of IWC’s vocal delivery and the severity of signal degradation applied via his tape machines
  5. Uncut
    Apr 21, 2020
    A powerful eulogy. [Jun 2020, p.28]
  6. May 14, 2020
    Through the toxic smoke of environmental catastrophe, a new romantic love emerged for Craig and was immediately complicated by long-distancing, infusing the record with the strangest blend of emotional contrasts.
  7. Mojo
    Mar 27, 2020
    The amount of recording distortion on some pieces, like on the sparse, meandering piano instrumental Last Of The Lantern Oil, can tip the balance over into ear-buzzing discomfort. [Apr 2020, p.87]