A Mote Of Dust
Craig B - as his fans and friends call him, is an integral part of the independent music scene. Starting with GANGER, he helped write one of their most well received albums, 'Hammock Style' (Domino Records), the follow-up band AEREOGRAMME released three albums (Chemikal Underground Records), several EPs and a split with the American band ISIS during their 10 years together. The hole left by Aereogramme after their dissolution in 2007 was big. Fans were delighted when Craig B and Aereogramme guitarist Iain Cook presented their project THE UNWINDING HOURS in 2009. The self-titled debut was released in 2010 and their last, "Afterlives", in 2012. Iain went on to co-found the electro-pop band Chvrches who have gone onto find worldwide success.
Craig, a great admirer of the songwriters Mark Kozelek and Mark Eitzel, took this opportunity to fully express his "quiet" side. Accompanied by his long-time friend and Unwinding Hours touring bassist Graeme Smillie on piano, "A Mote Of Dust" was released in 2015. The first album of the new project of the same name was inspired by a quote from cosmologist Carl Sagan. While The Unwinding Hours were still musically in the midday sun, A Mote Of Dust moves rather in the twilight. Minimalist, reduced, intense, but still unmistakable.
A Mote Of Dust II
The first single release "Slow Clap" suggested that "II" was not just a continuation of the debut. While still retaining the stark minimalism of the first album, the pair add synthesizers, textures and electronic beats to provide an added layer of overarching drama to the individual songs. Written remotely in Glasgow and Sheffield, Craig and Graeme sent ideas to each other over a year and half period, working slowly to hone and mould the songs before finally meeting up to record the album in July 2018.
"It's all so futile // And I despair // At misplaced pride in // The flags you wear // You're fighting shadows // From unknown shores // But you're not made of // Pure red, white and blue blood" ("Slow Clap")
Lyrically, Craig spent more time on these lyrics than ever before. He deals with recent political turmoil ("Slow Clap") or social criticism ("I thought we had evolved // From this dog eat dog world // But the nature of this game // Doesn't seem to have changed", "Evolved"). Another, always shimmering theme of the album is the farewell.
"(...) after we finished recording Mote II, I listened from start to finish and I knew it should be my last. It's a feeling I can't shake off or ignore." Craig B
A Mote Of Dust II as a swan song. For the duo this is exactly the right time to say goodbye to the world of music. To start something new.
https://amoteofdustofficial.bandcamp.com/music (Pre-order stuff)
https://soundcloud.com/amoteofdust/slow-clap (Listen to Slow Clap)
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