|1.||"This Life" (8:47)|
|2.||"In Death Valley" (5:47)|
|1.||"Is A Rose Petal Of The Dying Crimson Light Keyed Out" (13:08)|
|1.||"In Mother Earth Phase" (10:26)|
|2.||"A Sodium Codec Haze" (5:46)|
|1.||"Across To Anoyo" (15:21)|
On his last album, 2016's "Love Streams", long-serving ambient experimentalist Tim Hecker joined forces with an Icelandic choir and orchestra. This time round, he has headed East, utilizing the services of Japanese musicians and percussionists. The resultant set, "Konoyo", tips a wink to Japan's deep history in both ambient and jazz, but is far darker and dystopian in tone. It's an intriguing approach, all told, and one that allows for tracks to organically evolve, slowly shifting between fluid, otherworldly dreaminess and unsettling, paranoid creepiness. It's this interplay - not just between darkness and light, but also the experimental and the traditional - that makes "Konoyo" such a riveting and enjoyable listen.
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