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I’ve already posted about this album. However, suffice it to say that that write-up was done at a time when I had no idea where this blog would be going months later. The goal has always been to write about music that effects me (us, now that we have more writers) deeply, compelling me to write about it and promote and share it with other people so that they might find it enjoyable. And, if they are so inclined, to actually purchase the album.

However, some of these albums that I’ve written about haven’t gotten the attention it deserves, Night Falls by Hecq was one of them. Released in mid-2008 on Hymen Records (sublabel of Ant Zen), Night Falls is a brilliantly composed piece of work that has no boundaries.

People like to talk about how to think out the box and how this concept relates to music (et al) and specifically albums that have stood the test of time, who have a place in the coveted musical hall of fame. With Night Falls, there is no box to think out of. It is a roving, boundless, and deserted landscape painted with hues of dark blues and grays further characterized by an aurally nomadic experience: going from one place to another, the destination unknown.

There is a huge, huge sense of isolationism that I’ve really grown to appreciate pretty highly. It is precisely this multi-dimensional sense of isolationism that few albums in the genre have attained to a degree that you can’t help but notice. This is a phenomenally monumental work that asks that you simply exhale and consume the cinematic elements that are so concentrated within – chock full of bitter cold ripples of musical elements (specifically, orchestral) signal a retreat to a safe place that only has one inhabitant: you.

The album art hints at this a bit, and obviously, the record’s title as well; the former of which is deceptively simple: the record’s artwork is just a black cover with informational text. But inside is a journey from the hyperactive, schizophrenic world to one that sinks to low levels of escapism in comfortable resignation. Almost like falling backwards into your sofa couch after a particularly long day.

This is why I feel that Night Falls is one of the best albums ever written. Sit back, put on some good headphones, and listen to this all the way through.

For more information, check out the following resources:

Last.fm

Discogs

Hymen Records

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Lusine ICL is the work of Jeff McIlwain. Released on Hymen Records in 2007, Language Barrier stands out in the crowd of IDM oriented releases by injecting a flexible, deliciously flowing backdrop into his traditionally ambient/idm-oriented music.

Extremely laid back but not under pressured, it ebbs and flows naturally as more musical elements crisply emerge into being, taking on a texture as wholly welcoming as it is inviting. “A Day Apart” is perhaps the record’s most laid back track, but the album as a whole coincides neatly with the vision that Hymen was founded upon: densely packed experimentation of an electronic nature.

Nearing its completion, the record is decidedly content to resign itself with “Without Standing,” which surges with minimalistic joyfulness in its first two minutes but assertively morphs into another being altogether.

This is his second album on Hymen Records. His last album released on the label was Iron City in ’02.

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Album art for Hecqs 2008 record Night Falls.

There’s some good melancholy tracks in here. I think it’s just music that you’d listen to when you’d like to zone out and not think. Night Falls was released on Hymen Records in 2008. It’s one of my favorites.

If you like Night Falls, check out 0000, which was released in 2007 on the same label.

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Surreal and very dark, this is a record that begs for you to listen to it in the dark with a good pair of headphones without disturbances from life. This album was released in 2006 on the lovely Hymen Records. Its author, Volker Kahl, sells this record digitally on his site, kattoo.de, for $6 USD.

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