Virgins (LP)


Tim Hecker

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Amoeba Review

10/14/2013

Every time electronic composer Tim Hecker releases an album, it's cause to celebrate. Though experimental and avant-garde, his album play out like soundtracks to beautiful, half-remembered dreams. His latest, Virgins, is thoroughly intriguing. It's opening tracks layer wavering tones that make the listener feel like he or she is floating through clouds, with "Virginal I" introducing plinking piano notes that feel like steps to heaven. "Live Room" makes those piano notes more chaotic, the drones becoming more atonal, while "Live Room Out" offers static-laden reprieve, with low droning notes dueting like cellos. Not all of Virgins is pretty—"Incense at Abu Ghraib" earns its title with eerie high notes and a banging sound in the background for a subtly unsettling experience—but those moments feel necessary, as Hecker doesn't seem out to merely comfort nor provoke but rather offer a wordless trip that defies easy explanation and invites reflection. It's a moving experience, and one that can mean something entirely different from one listener to another.



Track Listing



Disc 0 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Prism
Tim Hecker 02:53
2.
Virginal I
Tim Hecker 06:16
3.
Radiance
Tim Hecker 03:22
4.
Live Room
Tim Hecker 07:01
5.
Live Room Out
Tim Hecker 02:37
6.
Virginal II
Tim Hecker 05:23
7.
Black Refraction
Tim Hecker 03:33
8.
Incense At Abu Ghraib
Tim Hecker 01:53
9.
Amps, Drugs, Harmonium
Tim Hecker 03:03
10.
Stigmata I
Tim Hecker 02:18
11.
Stigmata II
Tim Hecker 03:56
12.
Stab Variation
Tim Hecker 06:30

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