Minor Pieces is the Vancouver-based project comprising of acclaimed singer/composer Ian William Craig and newcomer singer and multi-instrumentalist Missy Donaldson. Taking influence and inspiration from the likes of Low, Grouper, Mazzy Star, Portishead, My Bloody Valentine, Talk Talk and Cat Power, they released the debut album.
The Heavy Steps Of Dreaming is out now via Fat Cat Records. It was recorded by Paul Stewart at Watch Yer Head studios in Vancouver in the summer of 2018, the album was captured over eight days of recording and was mixed in four days. As Ian notes, “the whole thing came together rather quickly as far as recording, but we did spend a long time in rehearsal getting things to where they needed to be. We attempted to do most things live, and then push and pull elements out with some overdubbing. It was a different process that what I would usually do, where the composing itself would come out of the recording sessions collaged together; this was an attempt to capture things in the moment as they happened, an energy, a space, things spilling over the edges.”
They shared a new video for the track “Shipbreaking“. Of new video the band say; “When talking about Shipbreaking, we also talked a lot of our own experiences. There were particular memories evoked by the song and our discussions about it that we wanted to unburden ourselves of, particularly heavy things that needed to be acknowledged and moved on from, so we printed photographs of them and submerged them in secret chemicals and then filmed them as the emulsion slowly peeled off. We left all of the remains from previous photos in the solution once they were dissolved to swirl around with subsequent photos and so the sink slowly filled with the shattered stained glass of our own histories. It was mesmerizing and humbling and emotional and cathartic all at the same time. These previously burdensome and dark thoughts at once became generous, animate and beautiful things. Shipbreaking is a warning about how easy it is to allow our own dreams to consume us and turn into something altogether dangerous – giving some of the heaviness in our past our undivided attention and allowing it space to drift seemed a fitting way to admit to some of the ways in which we ourselves have allowed that to occur in our own lives.”