Montreal based sound artist and composer Tim Hecker produces some of the most beautiful ambient music you will ever hear. Intelligent but still accessible his 2011 release Ravedeath, 1972 was one of the best records of the year and cemented his position as one of the most exciting composers working today.
His new album Virgins is due to be released on the 14th of October and it has been made able to be streamed over on NPR. It starts off disorientating but gradually fades into view. This time his layering of sound and drones are less foggy, less static. The sounds are clearer and apparent, every instrument holds its own and adds to the piece. It feels very real and this must be because this is the first time Tim Hecker has recorded his music with a live orchestra and mixed the resulting sounds with fellow composer Valgeir Sigurðsson. This music feels very different to his earlier work but that isn’t a problem, this new project is just as enlightening.
Listen to the track Virginal II above or follow this link and stream the full album:
- First Listen: Tim Hecker, ‘Virgins’ (npr.org)
- Tim Hecker Announces Brand New Studio Album (hangout.altsounds.com)