Tim Hecker – “Virgins”
The world of experimental ambient music is a small one, and yet Montreal’s Tim Hecker has built a unique name for himself as one of the pioneers of this constantly evolving scene. His newest release, “Virgins,” trades in some of the hovering synthesizers of his previous work for an actual chamber orchestra, and the resulting album is a haunting yet beautiful expanse of sounds that serves as an ideal introduction to the artist’s work.
Throughout “Virgins,” Hecker manipulates the recordings of his small ensemble, repeating certain sounds and motifs to a disorienting, yet satisfying effect. By blurring the line between what is performed and what is engineered, Hecker creates a new kind of abstract chamber music that works as a reflective background soundtrack, but also rewards deeper listening. Hecker’s delicate taste for ambiance compliments his use of woodwinds and pianos gorgeously, making “Virgins” one of the few modern ambient works to successfully blend the electronic with the physical.
Out on Kranky Records, Tim Hecker’s “Virgins” is Radio 1190’s CDOTM for November. Radio 1190 would like to thank Bart’s Music Shack for their continued support of the CD of the Month Club. If you would like to join Radio 1190’s CD of the Month Club, visit radio1190.org for all the details.