20 Best Avant Albums of 2014

The year's best in noise, out-jazz, contemporary classical, ambient, drone and more

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Ian William Craig, 'A Turn of Breath'

18. Ian William Craig, 'A Turn of Breath'

Another piece of tape music — but aiming for and achieving drastically different, completely unusual results. Ian William Craig is a classically trained opera singer who buries his voice in desiccated, decaying loops — ultimately sounding like a collaboration between between Bon Iver and William Basinski. The reverbed garbled tapes create gorgeous atmospheres and, dreamlike, words occasionally come into focus from the crackle and mist.

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