In ‘Ravedeath, 1972’, Tim Hecker’s erring towards the ecclesiastic was plain for all to see. Forming a tapestry of ambient hymnal pieces harking to a destructive crescendo, its acclaim gave a real life to Hecker’s apparitional take on noise and brought to light one of the most innovative producers of modern times. In ‘Virgins’, that tapestry takes a disjointed path to a new plain. Its brevity lies in much shorter pieces, which belie the power he truly holds. Those same Dropped Pianos that stood out so bravely in his previous output only highlight the meander through ‘Virgins’ as the stop-start nature of it all makes for a much more unintentionally trying listen.
Buy: Tim Hecker – Virgins