From Montreal's Alien8 to the famed 4AD, Tim Hecker has become a true drone poster boy, plugging away at his noise ash scatterings for a good fifteen years. With reissues of early records Haunt Me, Haunt Me Do It Again and Radio Armour currently underway, it's become clear as day how far he's come: from quietly glitching, on/off switch ambience to here, an artist making suites for virginal instruments and Icelandic choirs. It's been a long time coming, but Tim Hecker is now ushering in the genre's future.
It's remarkable that Harmony In Ultraviolet, a record of diluted ambient aggressions, was once considered his opus: it's been years since it came out, and since then he's only gone on to release more fan favourites like Ravedeath, a record making a sonic palette out of "digital garbage", and Virgins, which traversed abstraction and melody into a massive, overdriven masterwork. Norman Records staffer Laurie obsessed over Love Streams, too, celebrating the multicoloured expanse of Hecker's new compositions. With new collaborations from organ player and droner in her own right Kara-Lis Coverdale, Hecker is learning new tricks and opening himself up to new processes, always looking forward in terms both emotional and academic.