7 Songs, 59 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After the density of 2016’s Love Streams, an album of sandblasted ambient that he frequently performed from inside a thick, luminous fog, Montreal composer Tim Hecker burns off the murk to reveal a work of grace. Recorded in Japan alongside Tokyo Gakuso—a traditional gagaku classical ensemble—Konoyo wavers unstably between the acoustic and the electronic realms as Hecker turns his colleagues’ strings and woodwinds into digital mulch before gradually returning them to their fluid, original forms. He can be brutally abstract: “Keyed out” creaks like a screen door twisting on its hinges in high winds, while “In mother earth phase” layers faintly dissonant drones into shuddering configurations. But even the elastic buzz of a track like “This life” is distinguished by its restraint.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After the density of 2016’s Love Streams, an album of sandblasted ambient that he frequently performed from inside a thick, luminous fog, Montreal composer Tim Hecker burns off the murk to reveal a work of grace. Recorded in Japan alongside Tokyo Gakuso—a traditional gagaku classical ensemble—Konoyo wavers unstably between the acoustic and the electronic realms as Hecker turns his colleagues’ strings and woodwinds into digital mulch before gradually returning them to their fluid, original forms. He can be brutally abstract: “Keyed out” creaks like a screen door twisting on its hinges in high winds, while “In mother earth phase” layers faintly dissonant drones into shuddering configurations. But even the elastic buzz of a track like “This life” is distinguished by its restraint.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
9 Ratings
9 Ratings
ThinkAbroad ,

Exceptional music. Good vibrations!

Just found Tim's music and love it. I'm a fan. I love listening to this album while writing, reading, and walking. It stimulates emotions, thoughts, and ideas. Be well and thanks for creating it. Peace,

ABC it's so easy ,

Another great LP from Tim Hecker

Before the Electronic Elements of this LP, Hecker went to a Temple, little outside of Tokyo, and recorded Traditional Japanese Musicians playing Traditional Japanese Music. On the CD, the physical form that I own, the Japanese Instrumentation sounds much more rich. Not to say that the Digital form sounds bad, my personal take. Stange and eerie Drones and Soundscapes with the Japanese Instrumentation make for another great listening experience.

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