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It has been awhile, hasn’t it?

In my absence, I hope you’ve all discovered a few gems here and there. Undoubtedly, the record I’m about to showcase here is probably old news to a lot of people who follow the genre. However I am sure that a refresher to remind of its greatness to even its first listeners would be appreciated.

Ravedeath is an interesting album because it already captures the artistic finesse and workmanship that Hecker has shown us in his previous records right off of the bat. I think I began to realize this to a greater degree within his 2006 album Harmony in Ultraviolet. I’m sure older listeners still would cite his beginning works dating back to the early 2000s and possibly what he has accomplished under another alias as a young, budding musician.

 

And while Harmony in Ultraviolet certainly showcased Hecker’s abilities, 2009’s An Imaginary Country saw the artist grow quite a bit not only in style, but in restraint, tact, and skill as well. The album solidified the artist amongst his fans as competent and genuine, and with that, his audience has only grown. There exists a great deal of musicians who create controversial (intentionally or otherwise) records for their fans, its effect sometimes splitting that band’s fanbase in half over it, with many scoffing in disbelief wondering how their favorite artist could create such a monstrosity.

However, with Tim Hecker, there hasn’t really been a record like that, at least with the general consensus. Time and time again, the musician is able to throw down the gauntlet of grayed out soundscapes with luscious texture and feeling, and Ravedeath is not an exception.

With his three recent albums, there have always been a top tier favorite track that I’ve been able to pick out and with that, show other people what wondrous sounds that album contains within. In Harmony, “Chimeras” was a colossal song that I think got a lot of people to appreciate Tim Hecker’s work, and in An Imaginary Country, the song “Currents of Electrostasy” proved to be a great way to introduce people to the rest of the album and the artist as a whole. I think with Ravedeath, “No Drums” just might be that next step: calm and eloquent, yet persistent and articulate. It’s honestly one of the most marvelous tracks that I’ve heard from recently released albums from this year, and I can without a doubt say that of the record itself. Bravo to Tim Hecker for creating a fantastic piece of work.

Go ahead. Buy this one.

For more info, check out the following resources:

Last.fm

Discogs

Buy this at:

Kranky Records

Download.

2 Comments

  1. So great to have you back with us once again! I for one hadn’t heard of Tim Hecker before, so it was a nice find for me, thank you! Can’t wait until you get your motor running and the flow of good albums starts :) And as a hint: I don’t know if you’ve heard it already, but give a listen to Tes La Rok’s new LP “Them”. It’s a really good dubstep record, none of that “filthier than…” bullshit, but good spaced-out stuff.

    • Thanks man, I appreciate the comment. I’ll check that album out.


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