timThe brilliant Tim Hecker has announced a brand new album Konoyo (the world over here) which is due for release 28th September via Kranky. Largely recorded during several trips to Japan where he collaborated with members of the gagaku ensemble Tokyo Gakuso, in a temple on the outskirts of Tokyo.

Inspired by conversations with a recently deceased friend about negative space and a sense of music’s increasingly banal density, Hecker found himself drawn towards restraint and elegance, while making music both collectively and alone.

As with the Icelandic choir he arranged on 2016’s Love Streams, the heights of Hecker’s talent emerge in his manipulation of source material, bending and burnishing it into fantastical new forms. Keening strings are stretched into surreal, pixelated mirages; woodwinds warble and dissipate as fractal whispers of spatial haze; sparse gestures of percussion are chopped, isolated, and eroded, like disembodied signals from the afterlife. Both in texture and intent, Konoyo conjures a somber, ceremonial mood, suffused with ritual and regret. Visions flutter and fade; dreams gleam and decay.

Hecker will stage a series of special performances in tandem with the album’s release, featuring members of the gagaku ensemble on shō, ryuteki and hichiriki, accompanied by Kara-Lis Coverdale.
Live dates: 
OCTOBER 2 – TOKYO WWWX

OCTOBER 6 – LONDON BARBICAN

OCTOBER 7 – KRAKOW UNSOUND

OCTOBER 8 – BERLIN FUNKHAUS
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Track listing:

1. This life

2. In Death Valley

3. Is a rose petal of the dying crimson light

4. Keyed out

5. In mother earth phase

6. A sodium codec haze

7. Across to Anoyo

Kranky Can be found via their website 

 Tim Hecker can be found via his website  and via Twitter where he tweets as @tim_hecker
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Raised by music obsessive parents on a diet of Ska, Bowie, Queen… and the Bay City Rollers. Discovered dance music and heavy metal at the same time making for a strange brew of taste. I do this for the love of an art form which welcomes all types and speaks to us all. Find me on twitter @simontucker1979.

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