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It was quite an unexpected discovery to find that these two chaps had collaborated on an album, but hey far stranger things have occurred. From the off you very much get the sense that things have been improvised, apparently mimicking the techniques of Jazz improvisation with little preparation. It certainly feels very loose and free in it’s approach.
What’s particularly interesting are the occasional bursts of static noise which make it feel like you’re tuning in to an alien radio broadcast. Each artists individual signature style’s can clearly be heard; Tim Hecker's way with layering otherworldly often organic sounding atmospherics juxtaposed with Daniel Lopatin’s more electric futuristic synthesizer sounds. Things feel a little sketchy to begin with and not particularly easy to submerge into but when things get going it hits the spot. One track in particular has some heavenly choral synth and heart melting strings. That’s followed up nicely by some blasts of noise that recall Mika Vainio for a brief period with lots of stuttering malfunctioning electronic sounds before some trademark Oneohtrix Point Never sounds are introduced, overall this is wilder than the majority of the pairs output. Together they’ve managed to conjure up some real hypnotic soundscapes that explore a whole range of moods through darkness into light and back again while being simultaneously chilled out and noisy.
Initially I’m not blown away but it has it’s moments for sure and is certainly worth another spin. The double LP edition includes a CD copy of the album which is always a welcome bonus.
3/10 RickyT Customer review, 15th July 2013
I was really looking forward to this from the soundclips and reviews and soundclips from previous Tim Heckler offerings - unfortunately this was not a thumbs up - the musical element is great - uplifting and melodious in the realms of recent Brian Eno et al but then he tries using distortion and white noise as an instrument and it is akin to finger nails down a black board. I will listen to it again but not when anyone I know is present - I only got through the first three tracks before giving up on the chance that I would like anything further in....... 3/10
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