Tim Hecker To Get Spiritual With “Virgins”

    Prolific ambient soundscaper Tim Hecker has announced plans for his follow-up to 2011’s ravely-reviewed solo effort Ravedeath, 1972 and the less talked about, but no less brilliant, 2012 Daniel Lopatin collaboration Instrumental Tourist. On Oct. 14 Hecker will release Virgins via Kranky in the US and Paper Bag Records in Canada.

    The album will veer from his standard orchestrations of electronic noise in distorted washes and will include arrangements featuring woodwinds, pianos, and synths. The album is being produced by Icelandic composer / producer Valgeir Sigurðsson, with help from Ben Frost and Randall Dunn. 

    Hecker has described the album as revisiting the “theological” aspirations of many early minimalist composers and performers. (Terry Riley? Arvo Pärt?) He also noted in the press release that “this album remains committed to a painterly form of musical abstraction, it is also a record of restrained composition recorded live.”

    Kranky has also announced plans to re-release Hecker’s 2004 opus Mirages, making it available on vinyl for the first time, in advance of the release of Virgins.


    01. Prism

    02. Virginal I

    03. Radiance

    04. Live Room

    05. Live Room Out

    06. Virginal II

    07. Black Refraction

    08. Incense At Abu Ghraib

    09. Amps, Drugs, Harmonium

    10. Stigmata I

    11. Stigmata II

    12. Stab Variation