Tim Hecker
Virgins


4.5
superb

Review

by DoNotBendAscend USER (1 Reviews)
October 14th, 2013 | 9 replies | 689 views


Release Date: 10/14/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Virgins is a finely tuned integration of both meditative and cerebral experiences in music, producing an ugly and gorgeous, transcendent result.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Unpredictable synthesizer work, spacious droning, and organic instrumentation paired with jarring electronics characterize Virgins, the new release from Tim Hecker, a renowned experimental artist. Hecker has toured with bands such as Godspeed You! Black Emperor, with whom he shares thick and meditative soundscapes, but as Virgins demonstrates, Hecker also employs inorganic, uncertain electronics and samples.“Prism” opens the album with oddly timed, shifting electronic tones. Although the sound of “Prism” is certainly unnatural, the timing is often impossible to anticipate, establishing the natural feel that Virgins demonstrates consistently in careful unity with the often electronic instrumentation.

Hecker constructs an album that comes together cleanly despite his mix of natural and unnatural sounds. Key features of the instrumentation that highlight the primal side of Virgins first appear on the album's second track, “Virginal I”, which brings swirling piano lines, introducing the first 'human' instrumentation on the album. Also present are low, breathing woodwinds which are the most effective and subtle piece of Hecker's instrumentation in contributing to the organic characteristics of Virgins. The woodwinds bring the listener down from the cerebral exploration of electronic sounds and into a meditative place.

The development present throughout Virgins' final three tracks demonstrates Hecker's expert harmony of the organic and inorganic. The low energy synthesizer swirls of “Stigmata I” break down into electronic minimalism after the transition to “Stigmata II”, fading into relaxing ambiance and calming woodwinds. All of this culminates in the album's closer “Stab Variation”, Hecker's most integrated marriage of inorganic and organic instrumentation and atmosphere. Echoing electronic pulsations slip into deep ambiance, both electronic and droning elements consistently remaining a part of the mix.

Virgins balances both the intellectual and primal experience throughout. Hecker invokes connections with both the mind and body to deliver an intensely holistic performance. He shifts back and forth from electronic tension and uncertainty to calm, primal drone before combining each element in an equal fashion on “Stab Variation”. Virgins is a finely tuned integration of both meditative and cerebral experiences in music, producing an ugly and gorgeous, transcendent result.


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EaglesBecomeVultures
October 14th 2013



5049 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

*comes together

break up a few of these sentences

italicize album names

band names don't need quotes

pry good review



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oltnabrick
October 14th 2013



29282 Comments


“Godspeed You! Black Emperor”
lmao fix that

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sniper
October 14th 2013



18578 Comments


sweet review dude

oltnabrick
October 14th 2013



29282 Comments


you still haven't fixed the problem :/

sniper
October 14th 2013



18578 Comments


dude that's how you spell it tho

oltnabrick
October 15th 2013



29282 Comments


its in quotes tho lol

cinaedus
October 15th 2013



26195 Comments


wow

headphones
October 15th 2013



2516 Comments


hard

DoNotBendAscend
October 17th 2013



1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks a lot for the feedback guys. I will look over this some more soon, and apply some of your suggestions Eagles (especially the formatting errors). Thanks again!



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