'Mirages' is one of ambient musician and noise thrill-seeker Tim Hecker's earliest works, originally released in 2004. Back in the days of its initial release, Alien8 described the record as a "death metal ambient classic in waiting", which sums up the harsh, often dissonant soundscapes Hecker was interested in making in his early days. This record is glitchy, choppy and above all blunt, an unsentimental take on a musician who has gone on to make some of the most emotive ambient music out there. It's good to be evil sometimes, Tim. You can now grab 'Mirages' from Kranky/Alien8 as part of a lovely reissue initiative.
Vinyl Double LP £27.99 KRANK181LP
2LP on Kranky.
CD £13.99 KRANK181
Reissue CD on Kranky.
8/10 Richard 27th November 2018
'Mirages' was the third Tim Hecker LP and like the two predecessors has been reissued on Kranky, which is most welcome. After the previous two ambient leaning releases you may get a bit of a shock with the opener 'Acephale' which is mighty noisy, hinting more at the likes of Merzbow (not quite that harsh) than the glitchy sounds of, say, Fennesz. But rest assured, as 5 minutes later we are dropped into the tinkling piano and reverb world of 'Neither More Nor Less'. Things remain reasonably calm after that, although there is white noise and drone aplenty. Oren Ambarchi & Fly Pan Am also guest, and the signs are that Tim Hecker is moving in a more experimental and intense direction, as his later discography attests. As ever though, if you like his work you need this record.
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