Five reasons to go and see Tim Hecker
The electronica artist is appearing at church venues in Edinburgh and Glasgow in May
1 Celebrate the death of rave
At least according to Hecker’s new album: the wonderfully-titled Ravedeath 1972, a lush assembly of droning, dream-like electronic soundscapes which builds upon the work he’s been creating for the last two decades, both under his own name and as Jetone. It was one of the best albums of last year according to The Wire, Uncut, The Quietus and many others.
2 It will be a religious experience
Promoters ‘from a stolen sea’ have booked Hecker into a pair of churches for his Scottish dates, which is fitting for a man whose work was once described as ‘cathedral electronic music’. Or who once jokingly described his own style to the blog Headphone Commute as ‘fake church music, neo metal drone, satanic pagan sacrificial rights music . . .’
3 He’s Canadian
This, in itself, is a badge of quality. Originally from Vancouver but now based in Montreal, he’s a friend and ex-tourmate of Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Expect similarly mountainous noise from his live show.
4 About that live show …
He told the above blog it’s an exercise in pushing the envelope to ‘the threshold of sometimes pain and sometimes pleasure’, in relation to the structured form of an album. It’s not his preferred medium in comparison to studio recording, but we might hope for aural fireworks nonetheless.
5 This is thinking person’s techno
Read any interview with Hecker and you’ll find he approaches his work with a diligent, formal sense of clarity (he’s scored dance performances and art installations, as well as recording for Kranky, Alien8 and Fat Cat). But, as he once told the site Cyclic Defrost, ‘I really have problems with an interpretive narrative’ – it’s as much about the unconscious, in other words.
Pilrig St Paul’s, Edinburgh, Sat 19 May (support from Wounded Knee and Matthew Collings); St Andrew’s in the Square, Glasgow, Sun 20 May.