A 2009 example of the very fine work of Tim Hecker. An Imaginary Country is the album wherein Tim explicitly set out to conjure up the impression of a whole landscape using his washes of sound, and he pretty much nails it: this country is definitely one I’d like to visit. Colourful and bright and lush abstract electronic music, on Kranky.
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9/10 Joe Hill 10th April 2019
You never hear people talking about this one much. I have no idea why. An Imaginary Country is one of Tim Hecker's most cinematic records, spinning abrasive stabs of noise into something picturesque. The warm lava bass rumbles underneath chilly synths and organs, while guitar feedback and radio scans dissolve in and out of tuneful hums.
There's a certain peace and lushness that he never captured before or since. The pulsating beeps, soft roars, and nauseous hisses evoke said imaginary country being viewed from a plane window, allowing a melancholy disconnection to seep through. Who knows - maybe this was his intention. It's the sound of soaring over something enormous and grand, only visible through thick windows and thousands of feet of thin air.
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