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Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972

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Tim Hecker had proven himself to be one of the great survivors of 90s electronic music. While he might have only surfaced at the tail-end of the ailing IDM scene, Hecker’s distinctly original brand of rich, textured ambient music set him apart from his peers. Unusually, Ravedeathm, 1972 sees Hecker moving away from his comfort zone and collaborating with one of the very people who attempted a second-wave of the Hecker grit, grind and harmony – Ben Frost.

This is a move which saw Hecker up sticks and fly over to Iceland, where he proceeded to record the album over a handful of days using that most hallowed of instruments, the pipe organ. Frost clearly adds some of his production expertise (he moonlights as an engineer) and with this there can be no doubt that ‘Ravedeath,1972’ is the most hi-fi album in Tim Hecker’s discography to date. The crunch that Hecker has made his own is now reproduced in 1080p High Definition, billowing with basses dribbling and treble firing with slick precision. The powerful pipe organ sound underpins everything, coughing, wheezing and stuttering beneath Hecker’s expertly crafted granular sounds like the ghost of the Catholic church itself. At times it might simply appear in amongst a cloud of white noise, and at others there is only the familiar shadowy blast, shrouded in the trappings of morals and dogma. Pitting his knowledge and skill against that of Ben Frost has yielded an album’s worth of crushing, near-spiritual sound, making for a compelling, immersive listen.


1. The Piano Drop
2. In The Fog
3. In The Fog II
4. In The Fog III
5. No Drums
6. Hatred of Music I
7. Hatred of Music II
8. Analog Paralysis, 1978
9. Studio Suicide, 1980
10. In The Air I
11. In The Air II
12. In The Air III

Released 15th March 2024

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Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972

"A decade into a career that found him perfecting an immediately recognizable approach to dark ambience, Tim Hecker makes what could be his best record."
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