Tim Hecker has revealed details of his latest album, and first record for 4AD. The Canadian composer will release Love Streams, on 8th April 2016.
Love Streams takes its cues from the avant-classical orchestration and extreme electronic processing of his previous full-length, 2013’s Virgins, but shaped into more melancholic, ultraviolet hues. Inspired by notions of 15th century choral scores (particularly those by Josquin des Prez), transposed to an artificial intelligence-era language of digital resonance and bright synths, the album was assembled gradually, with layers of studio-tracked keyboards, choir and woodwinds being woven into the mix, then molded and disfigured through complex programming. Like hearing some ancient strain of sacred music corrupted by encryption, Hecker admits to thinking about ideas like “liturgical aesthestics after Yeezus” and the “transcendental voice in the age of auto-tune,” during its creation.
The Love Streams sessions took place throughout 2014 and 2015 at Greenhouse Studios in Reykjavik, Iceland – where parts of both Virgins and Ravedeath, 1972 were tracked – with Hecker reuniting with the same crew of collaborators from Virgins (Kara-Lis Coverdale, Grímur Helgason) and bolstered by the Icelandic Choir Ensemble, whose vocal arrangements were scored by Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson.
The title of Hecker’s new work can be interpreted any number of ways – erotic, technological, spiritual – although his own conception is appropriately vast, calling it “a riff on the ubiquity and nihilism of streaming of all forms of life.” Now we stream more than we love. Nowadays music too frequently resembles a product, or white noise. With a career spanning fifteen years, Tim Hecker belongs to a select camp actively resisting this undertow, this reduction in significance.
Love Streams is available on limited edition transparent vinyl (500 worldwide) exclusively through the 4AD Store. You can pre-order from the 4AD Store here.
You can pre-order on iTunes here.
You can pre-order on Amazon here.
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Tim Hecker - Love Streams - CAD3614
A1. Obsidian Counterpoint
A2. Music of the Air
A3. Bijie Dream
B1. Live Leak Instrumental
B2. Violet Monumental I
B3. Violet Monumental II
C1. Up Red Bull Creek
C2. Castrati Stack
C3. Voice Crack
D1. Collapse Sonata
D2. Black Phase
Tim Hecker will present Love Streams at live shows throughout 2016, beginning with a handful of dates this Spring.