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Tim Hecker


Tenth album from Montreal based electronic musician and sound artist recorded at the same time as 2018's Konoyo

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  1. 9.0 |   The 405

    Explores a subtler, more pensive, and ultimately brilliant, side of his Japanese explorations with Anoyo
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  2. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Remains a master of his craft
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  3. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    On Anoyo, Tim Hecker stretches out his heady winning streak for another 32 striking and captivating minutes
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  4. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Follows up his Konoyo album with Anoyo, a further collection of beautiful sounds inspired by the Japanese sound of gagaku
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  5. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    With his second record featuring a gagaku ensemble, famed experimental artist Tim Hecker produces a very different facade that shines through a beautifully minimal perspective
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  6. 7.8 |   Pitchfork

    The follow-up to last year’s Konoyo—recorded, like its predecessor, with a Japanese gagaku ensemble—functions as a counterbalance to that album: a kind of photo negative, more subdued but no less overwhelming
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  7. 7.6 |   Resident Advisor

    The uchimono drum, the hichiriki and ryuteki flutes, and the 17-piped mouth organ called the sho are not often heard outside Japan, the music having only been opened up to the public in the past century. But while Konoyo used these singular sounds like a chisel, Anoyo paints with wide brushstrokes
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  8. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    Guides us through a meditative journey into the darkly textured, sparse orchestral soundscapes
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  9. 7.0 |   All Music

    Compared to the astonishing Konoyo, Anoyo does feel a bit like less focused variations on the same ideas, but as it stands, it's still an intriguing, otherworldly blend of ancient instrumentation and technological exploration
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  10. 7.0 |   music OMH

    The combination of sounds is still captivating, especially recommended for anyone who feels to this day that new age music was underrated
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  11. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Despite occasional hints of tastefully anodyne sonic wallpaper, most of these painstaking musical haikus have a quietly potent and gently mesmerising beauty. Print edition only

  12. 6.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Hecker’s drones have never sounded less artificial, and the gagaku ensemble’s responses to them gives the entire piece a real sense of cosmic scale
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  13. 6.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Lacks the transcendent quality that has marked Hecker’s formidable discography
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