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  • Summary: The experimental electronic composer collaborated with gagaku ensemble Tokyo Gakuso on his ninth full-length release.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
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  1. Sep 25, 2018
    90
    Hecker is bolder with Konoyo, but the themes he explores in that negative space are darker and more oppressive, presenting the missing link between Virgins and Love Streams. And that is what Konoyo showcases: the ability of Hecker to once more reinterpret himself.
  2. Sep 28, 2018
    90
    Our natural world may not need artistic representation, but there’s few better to reflect upon it than Tim Hecker.
  3. Oct 16, 2018
    90
    Like grief and its ghostly aftermath, Konoyo is enveloping, disorienting, even voluptuous, resistant to narrative and rich in sensation, and is one of 2018’s most vital records.
  4. Sep 26, 2018
    84
    You might also hear the elegiac rise and fall of Stars Of The Lid, an emotional Hollywood score or William Basinski's sound of decay. However, as Konoyo unspools, you may look back and realize that this all combines to sound like no one other than Hecker.
  5. Sep 28, 2018
    80
    On the most adventurous pieces, such as This Life and Keyed Out, the instruments are made to shiver and thrash as if on a hospital gurney, struggling for equilibrium, as Hecker’s trademark plumes of static billow beneath.
  6. Oct 1, 2018
    70
    Hecker’s music alerts us to a kind of universalism grounded in the painfully specific. To be ambient in feeling, to be ambient in song, to be ambient in devotion--this is Hecker’s project.
  7. Sep 28, 2018
    60
    Every element in his songs fight for control of the centre before inevitably decaying together like racing pennies in orbit around the centre of a funnel.

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  1. Sep 28, 2018
    10
    Definitely Tim Hecker's most concise and accessible album he's released so far in his career. There are points of utter simplicity and pointsDefinitely Tim Hecker's most concise and accessible album he's released so far in his career. There are points of utter simplicity and points of intense noise but he weaves them together so seamlessly into a spectacular ambient album. One of the coolest musical experiences of the year for me. Expand
  2. Oct 1, 2018
    9
    Tim Hecker has always been one of my favorite experimental artists. The production here is very much stripped down when comparing it to hisTim Hecker has always been one of my favorite experimental artists. The production here is very much stripped down when comparing it to his other projects, but the space allows these new instruments (in Hecker's music) to come through the mix in a very interesting way. There are much less walls of sound, making this release particularly accessible and maybe a little bit more intriguing to any new listeners of Hecker's work. The album art is also cool as hell. One of the best releases of the year. Expand

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