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Album Review

Tim Hecker fans, beware: his contribution to Staaplaat's Mort aux Vaches series is significantly quieter than his previous opuses. That being said, it is also one of his sleekest releases. His live set for the Dutch national radio VPRO consists of a continuous 41-minute piece. Early on, he strikes a delightful balance between tone and texture, pairing quiet electrical noise with a delicate string chord (lifted from some Mahler, perhaps?). That figure will become the leitmotif of the piece: individual tones or chords barely surfacing from a quiet storm of noise. Grace and seduction soak the piece, along with a sense of well-being in a society where interference has become the main ground rule. Voices are occasionally heard, their discourse no more than a murmur, their tone just another surfacing note. The piece evolves very slowly during the first 20 minutes, delicately shifting between textural layers. At the 20-minute mark the piece collapses inward and falls nearly silent. The second half is characterized by a quiet noise foundation spiced up by musical events — a proto-melody here, a pretty music box-like development there, a quick surge in volume to introduce a new element that will gradually disappear the moment you detect its presence. The whole piece carries the listener like a daydream, careful not to jolt him/her out of his/her reverie, yet skillful enough to feed the dream through its whole duration. As is the case with all Mort aux Vaches releases, this album is in a limited edition of 1,000 copies. ~ François Couture, Rovi

Biography

Born: 1974 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Cana

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Montreal producer Tim Hecker made his initial breakthrough as Jetone, but followed with ambient music attributed to his born name. This experimental ambient work, released by Alien8 sublabel Substractif beginning in late 2001 with Haunt Me Haunt Me, Do It Again, won much acclaim. It also familiarized listeners with the producer himself, and not just because it featured his real name rather than a moniker: Hecker's self-titled work was much more personal than his Jetone recordings, its ideological...
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Mort Aux Vaches, Tim Hecker
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Electronic, Music
  • Released: Oct 04, 2004

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